Your Complete Guide To Sniffing Out F*ckboys On Dating Apps Before You Go There
Editor's note: This article was penned by a female, and centres around experiences had while dating men online. We aim to include many different voices in our editorial, including heaps from Australia's LGBTQIA+ community; some of this work can be found here.
The online dating game can be a real sh*tter at times. Sometimes we just really want to throw our phone off a cliff and heading straight to the nearest monastery.
Half the battle is finding someone who doesn’t seem like a total tool or who won’t ghost you after days of talking, so hopefully, this handy little guide will help you to avoid douchebags and escaping heartache. Here's some stuff to look out for before agreeing to that fateful meet-up.
gratuitous shirtless pics
PUT IT AWAY. If the best thing about you are your abs then we’ve got a problem. Six of them.
Selfies in the gym mirror are also a little questionable, particularly if they've decided to use three of them in their profile. If you’re at the gym then work out, don’t stand in front of a mirror admiring yourself.
only messaging after 10pm
We're 99% sure that this person solely after a hook up. You've been warned.
too many pics of "the boys"
If all they have are pics of them and "the boys" in Bali, then their interests might not be up to scratch. Bye.
the ex snaps
WHY? WHY, WHY, WHY? If they're posting pics with their ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend, chances are they aren't over them. Although, the people that post them with an emoji pasted over the former flame's face might also be worth a swerve.
the sexual innuendo
If you’ve been chatting to a person who immediately makes a sexual joke or tries to swing the convo around to boning, then they're not looking for love, let’s be honest.
This is not the time or place.
the weirdly controlling bio
Usually guys with the "if you can't hold a good conversation then I'm not interested," and "if you're not going to chat then don't swipe." If you need to write that then there will be an ego involved.
If all they give you is a ‘hello’ then they’re not going to put any effort in. Yes, they’re fit but save yourself some time and move on.
the 'look how rich i am'
If they’re posing in front of a fancy car, obviously showing their designer shiz or flashing their cash then get out while you can.
It might seem obvious but if he’s sending you pics of his junk then show him the door.
This article was written by Caroline Fergusson, and originally appeared on MTV.co.uk.
Main Image Credit: How I Met Your Mother, FOX
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