In hindsight, we realise the signs were there all along and vow
to pay attention to them next time.
In online dating, some of the red flags can actually be seen
waving in the wind from before you even make contact with the
person. Others can be spotted soon afterwards, before or just after
the first date. Here are a few such red flags that should make you
stop and think before you go any further.
Her profile is far too long
Women do tend to write more than men and we do pay attention to
what's said, too. On the other hand, if someone weighs in at 500
words of ramblings, it could mean she has way too much time on her
hands or is a bit desperate to find someone. It could be a sign
that she's likely to be rather needy and may want to get things
moving too quickly.
She mentions past relationships in profile
Anyone who includes baggage in her profile must be suffering
from serious baggage issues. There is no room for that sort of
thing in what is meant to be all about looking ahead into a
brighter future. If someone mentions her ex then that should make
alarm bells go off in your head straight away.
There are too many negatives in her profile
We all know what it's like to be repeatedly contacted by
unsuitable people, but if someone starts translating that into a
curt list of women she doesn't want to meet, it may mean you're
dealing with someone who's judgemental and fussy, not to mention
Appears needy in messages and texts
Interaction should be a two way street. If you're both head over
heels for each other and feel the need to text or email constantly,
that's great. But if you've just made contact and she's already all
over you with heaps of emails, texts and messages without you
having reciprocated in kind, then you may well have a problem. It
won't be long before she's suggesting you move in together after
the first date.
On the other hand, if things seem to be going well but your girl
is constantly disappearing for days without explanation then it may
be a sign that she's not as committed to your potential
relationship as you are. Most people need time to themselves,
especially at the beginning of a relationship, but there's a fine
line between alone time and potential "seeing someone else and
keeping my options open" time.
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