Remote work isn’t the only activity we’ve been doing online lately. Even before working via online jobs became popular, there was online dating.
In fact, remote work and online dating have more in common than you think. So much so that you can even use your dating skills to get a job.
However, just as there are scams you should be wary of while remote working, there are plenty of red flags you should not ignore in online dating.
To help protect you from these online dating red flags, here are some that you should watch out for.
They Have Very Vague Dating Profiles.
Similar to resumes, vague or incomplete dating profiles are one of the most glaring online date red flags.
This is a sign that this person’s withholding crucial information from you or may even be deceiving you. If you can’t trust them now, how can you trust them once you’re in a relationship?
On a less alarming note, having vague answers in their dating profiles could mean they’re dull or lazy. They could be trying to hide this by appearing mysterious and aloof.
Some common examples include having their face hidden in their dating profile picture and not listing their civil status or hobbies in their profile.
They Have an Almost Perfect Dating Profile.
On the other hand, if a person’s dating profile seems too perfect, they probably aren’t.
Nowadays, it’s common to find profiles whose display pictures look like models and bios that seem straight out of a romance novel.
When you encounter these kinds of dating profiles, be extremely cautious. These are also signs that the person on the other end is hiding something from you.
The next time you encounter someone who has a monthly six-figure salary, looks like a k-pop star, and is just in their early twenties, start doubting. They’re either born into wealth, a celebrity, or most likely – are lying.
They Have Plenty of Requirements and Turn-offs.
Everyone is entitled to their own standards when choosing the person they want to date.
That said, if the person you’re dating has a long laundry list of things they want in their partner, that’s probably a red flag.
Having unrealistic dating standards can mean two things. One is that this person is looking online for his perfect match. Another is that they view themselves a little too highly.
Either way, this is an easy swipe left.
They’re Asking You for Money.
Imagine this: you met someone online and hit it off really well. You slowly feel like there’s a spark between the two of you, and you want to get to know this person better.
Then, out of nowhere, s/he asks you if you can lend him/her some cash.
It doesn’t matter how much you like one another. Asking for money from someone you just met is one of the biggest online dating red flags you shouldn’t ignore.
This is a sign that the person you’re dating online has an ulterior motive for talking to you. Besides, if they really like you and are a self-sustaining adult, why on earth would they ask you for money in the first place?
They Demand That You Respond to Their Messages Instantly.
Nobody likes late replies. However, people who demand that you reply to their messages within minutes are big red flags.
Of course, they could be new to online dating or are nervous. But if they do it constantly, it shows they have no respect for your boundaries or time.
They want you to dedicate your time and energy to them, no matter what you’re currently doing. And if you don’t abide by their demands? Then they’ll verbally insult you for “misleading them.”
If you’re not careful, this may even extend to them harassing you on other social media sites. Because of this, be mindful about the personal information you put on your dating profile.
They Declare Their Love for You Almost Immediately.
This is one of the most obvious red flags in chat. Nobody outside romance films or novels says they love you within the first couple of days of knowing you.
Seriously they haven’t even known you for a long time, and they already think you’re the one for them? Don’t you think that’s a little suspicious?
This could mean they’re focused more on the feeling of love rather than getting to know you better. Which means that they’ll readily fall for just about anyone they meet. Or worse, they’re just desperate and using you to fill a void in their lives.
They’re Sending You Explicit Messages.
I don’t think this needs much explanation.
If the person you’re seeing online asks or sends you explicit messages or images, block them immediately. This is one of the surest warning signs of an online creep.
This is a sign that they don’t respect your boundaries and are only interested in you due to how you look. In addition, this is also a security risk as well. You never know what they’ll do with the content that you send to them.
Besides asking you directly, there are other ways these creeps would subtly nudge you to send them explicit content. A sexual “joke” here, a sly comment there. All these are meant to lower your guard so they can get what they want from you.
Keeping Yourself Safe While Looking for “The One.”
Online dating is a great way to meet potential partners, especially this Valentine’s day. Despite its convenience, you should remember to be careful when using online dating sites, as there are many unscrupulous people here too.
The aforementioned online dating red flags are just a few of the ones you need to look out for. Scammers use more tricks to lure in unsuspecting victims, so remain vigilant.
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