Online Dating Etiquette 101: If you don’t have somethin’ nice to say…

One of the wisest things ever said was uttered by the mom of an animated rabbit:

“If you don’t have somethin’ nice to say,
don’t say nuthin’ at all.”

This goes doubly-so when you’re presenting yourself to potential matches online.  Yes, we’ve all had bad relationships.  Yes, we’ve been disappointed by people who meant the world to us.  No, you don’t need to advertise this to potential dates.

These little jabs, pokes, or just plain ‘ol statements of not-so-nice facts are called red flags, and they work against you.

“I’m tired of games…”

“I’m looking for someone who is honest…”

“I am totally over the bar scene…”

“My ex cheated on me, so…”

“My job sucks…”

“I’m so tired of this town…”

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Even if you are the wittiest and most charismatic writer, these types of statements will drive people away.  The best thing to do is to re-write them in a positive light or eliminate them altogether.

Just remember to keep your profile short and sweet and you’ll get attention for all the right reasons!

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Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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