Top 9 Red Flags That You Should Swipe Left On
It’s so easy these days to browse through potential dates. You can order up a slice of “hot guy pie” as easily as ordering Seamless. What used to be just waiting for the bus is now prime time to see what lovely lasses lurk nearby. Whether you’re looking for Mr./Ms. Right or Mr./Ms. Right Now, you’ll want to make sure that none of these red flags pop up.
The Shirtless/Mirror Selfie
Guys, we all know how badly you want to show off your awesome abs, but please refrain from taking the ubiquitous shirtless mirror selfie. Women are inundated with men trying to show off, and frankly, they are sick of it. If you’ve got a great bod, use a pic from the beach. And ladies, taking 75 pics to get that juuuuuust-right mirror selfie does not impress the guys. It may actually come across as self-absorbed.
Too Many People
If we can’t figure out who it is we are supposed to be swiping on, that’s not a good sign. First of all, if it takes us too long to figure it out, we’re most likely going to lose interest. Secondly, we may get the impression that you are hiding something by trying to blend in. And lastly, our eyes are going to be drawn to the hottest person in the picture.
A Face Shrouded in Mystery
Don’t hide your face with oversized sunglasses, hats, Big Gulps, or any other visual barrier. You may think it’s playful, mysterious or intriguing. However, most people figure that you are hiding something. During a conversation about oversized sunglasses, one person recently told me, “A lot can go wrong between the cheeks and forehead.” We are looking at dozens of pictures. If we can’t see what we are working with, we’ll immediately swipe left on your “mysterious” pic.
TOO Many Action Adventure Pics
You are not The Most Interesting (Wo)Man in the World. If all of your pictures have you mountain biking, surfing, sky diving, and underwater, it’s not going to come across the way you want. First off, it will look like you are trying too hard. Also, not everyone wants to try and keep up with that. You’re immediately disqualifying the “Netflix and chill” crowd. It’s okay to have one or two active pics, but don’t overdo it.
If you see a fake tan with that nice orange glow, just swipe left and keep going. There is so much wrong with a picture like this. Everyone can tell it’s fake, and it’s truly alarming that anyone thinks that this type of insta-tan complements their look.
A Photo That’s Just Too Perfect
The Duck Face
Men should never be doing the duck face unless it’s part of an uncanny Howard the Duck impression. Just, don’t. For the ladies, men do not prefer you to be doing the duck face, but they know that *sigh* you’re going to do it anyway. Just don’t have every, single, picture, of you with the same expression.
No Full Body Shot
If you have a couple of pictures up and no full body shot, flags should be a-wavin’. Hey, if you’ve got a little extra cushion, that’s okay. People aren’t perfect. However, if you don’t have a single body shot, people are going to be wondering what you’re hiding. Do you have all of your limbs? Do you have elephantiasis of the thighs? Don’t let people’s minds get carried away.