As I've mentioned before, I've been a member of match.com, chemistry.com, okcupid, and eharmony (though not all at the same time, of course). So I've looked at hundreds of profiles, which also means I've seen hundreds of pictures of shirtless guys in their bathrooms.
Although some guys put a lot of thought and effort into making their profiles sound informative, interesting, and thoughtful, a lot of guys put the same lines on their pages, which makes me feel like I'm reading the same profile again and again. (I wish I could send them "feedback" like "It's really not necessary to include your sixth-grade picture in your profile," and "You should put more than three lines in your summary, because your shirtless pictures don't really tell me much about you, except for the fact that you are very hairy.")
Here are some examples:
"I'm tired of the bar scene, which is why I signed up for this online dating membership."
What they could be saying: I really don't like going to bars anymore, unless someone else offers to buy the next round of drinks.
"I'm looking for a woman who's fit and leads an active lifestyle."
What they could be saying: I'm looking for a woman who's thin and works out a lot. The only things on her body that should be big are her chest and her booty.
"I'm looking for a serious relationship."
What they could be saying: My mother keeps asking me when I'm going to get married. (To which I say, "Me too! I think that every person over the age of thirty has a relative asking them when they're going to get married.")
What they could also be saying: On the other hand, if you bring up the topic of marriage before I bring it up, I will lose your phone number.
"I recently read [insert scholarly-sounding title here], which is now one of my favorite books."
What they could be saying: I really did read that book, but I also like to read magazines with pictures of women with big chests on the covers.
"I'm looking for a woman with a sense of humor."
What they could be saying: I'm looking for a woman who thinks my friends are funny, even when they start making fart jokes.
"I want someone who is independent."
What they could be saying: I want someone who doesn't expect me to pick up the check every time we go on a date.
"I want someone who leads an adventurous lifestyle and likes to spend time outdoors."
What they could be saying: I REALLY want someone who's thin.
On the other hand, some guys are a little too honest. On another dating site I was on, some guys actually specified that they didn't want to date anyone who was overweight; one guy wrote that he didn't want to date anyone who weighed more than 140 pounds. Another guy wrote, "If I pick you up and carry you, I hope you won't break my back!"
But here is one that I just saw on match.com a few days ago:
just on here for all you guys out there who are talking to [name redacted] that
she is not telling the truth whatsoever. She just got out of a three and a half
year relationship yesterday. She's a liar and if you go out with her you will
find that out first hand. She does smoke and she never wants kids or marriage.
She doesn't volunteer or go to wine tastings or work out 3 to 4 times a week
or go hiking or yoga or volleyball. She is looking for nothing then going out
on a date. How do I know this well let's just say I share a lease with her
It isn't easy to write a description of yourself or what you're looking for. And of course, I'm sure that women use cliches in their profiles too; I think I was guilty of using a few when I first joined an online dating site. This time I tried to make my profile sound like one of my blog posts, so that the guys who saw it would get a better sense of what I'm really like. But sometimes I think that they're only looking at my pictures, because several of the guys who have e-mailed me (rather than "winked") asked me questions that were already answered in my profile.
A guy recently started e-mailing me, and we've been messaging each other over the past few days. He said he's moving to Chicago next month, which means I won't get to meet him for a few weeks. I hope I do get to meet him, though, and I hope that he doesn't pull a disappearing act like the last guy. I'm starting to think that he will, though, because I haven't heard from him since Friday.
I also hope that I meet someone special soon, so that I don't have to look at any more pictures of shirtless guys in their bathrooms. You'd think that would actually be a pleasant experience. You'd THINK, right?
What about you? Even if you've never tried online dating before, do you think that most people are honest in their profiles? Do you think it's better to conceal certain facts about yourself, at least at first, such as the fact that your biological clock is ticking louder and louder? (I may or may not be describing myself, though the fact that I'm 32 makes it kind of obvious.)
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