So, recently, after feeling like I had tried everything else and hearing some pretty good reviews on the subject, I decided to hop on that 21st-century singles bandwagon known as online dating. It was something I had shied away from before since I never really considered myself someone actively looking for a mate. On the other hand, it seemed like a good way to find those proverbial “other fish in the sea.” Taking that expression as my lead, I set up a profile on PlentyofFish.com. (I also liked that basic membership on the site is free as I refuse to pay to meet someone.)
As you may imagine, it’s absolutely impossible for me to capture this experience in simply one column. So this will have to be a two-parter. And fellas, part one is for you. From my time wading in the online dating waters, I found that most of you could really use some help—namely with your profile picture.
Hopefully you realize that your photo is the first impression that you are giving your potential dates, and is, therefore, pretty important. After all, this is what’s supposed to make a girl stop and decide to click on your profile. So while you may be very proud of your six-pack abs and spray tan, perhaps there are better ways to showcase them than with a photo you have taken yourself . . . with your cell phone . . . in your bathroom. Toilets aren’t exactly the biggest turn-on. And for me, neither are those cell-phone self-portraits. I highly recommend having someone else take a photo of you.
You may also want to avoid using pictures of you with other girls. I don’t really understand why so many guys have photos like this on their profile. Maybe you are trying to prove that you know hot girls? Someone once told me that they saw a pic of me on a guy’s online dating profile. It totally creeped me out! So whatever the reason, if you want to get a girl, I say nix those pics. And the same goes for using photos of you and your ex-girlfriend where she is cropped out. Girls are smarter than you think. We know that’s your ex and we just may end up focusing on the few strands of her hair still left in the photo and totally forget you are even there.
And, finally, for God’s sake, SMILE! We want to know you have teeth!
I could really go on about this all day. But in closing, remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So if you have been having a hard time reeling in a girl online, the trouble may be your bait, aka your profile photo. Take my advice, guys: I promise you will catch more “fish” by showing teeth than by showing toilets.