We asked online dating expert Carmelia Ray, who has helped more than 7,000 people find love over the past 25 years, to help us sort the date-worthy from the dump-worthy.
The Toronto-based matchmaker does everything from matchmaking to date coaching—and after chatting about online dating red flags, she had us totally rethinking who we say “yes” to.
Maybe that way, when you spot a profile with a blurry group pic and no description, you’ll feel confident in saying a swift “nah” to that.
But, if someone is putting up photos of them doing things that maybe you’re not into, such as smoking or partying hard, then that can be a red flag. “The username gives me an indication whether or not this person put thought into that username,” she says, explaining that it can reveal a lot about someone’s personality and whether or not they are serious about online dating, or just testing things out.
Similarly, if a guy puts up a photo where he is wearing a shirt that says “I love Satan” for example, and you’re not down with that, then go forth and swipe left. If you’re looking for a real relationship, steer away from guys with usernames like “Mr Right Now,” “Hot Young Guy” or “Well Hung69,” says Ray.
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“You have one chance to make a first impression,” says Ray, and a quick way to make a bad first impression when online dating is to have a bio full of spelling mistakes or bad grammar.