I’ve written several times about my adventures in app dating, and I know you know how dark it can get out there sometimes. Dudes are doing some weird stuff when it comes to putting their dating app profiles together. And since I’m a hetero cis woman, that’s pretty much all I see. So bless my straight boy buddies out there who are happy to share what weirdness they’ve seen other ladies get up to on the other side of the app. Addicted is an equal opportunity magazine, so while we’ve had our fun shaking our heads at the boys, it’s time to put the ladies on the spot. Read on to see what silliness my straight guy friends have encountered while they’re trying to swipe their way into a little somethin’.
Only men ___ tall need apply
Are you a woman or a rollercoaster? Being specific about height requirements isn’t a new thing in dating, but it’s super tacky to slap it right on your profile. We all have the right to be attracted to whatever physical attributes we prefer, but when women are embracing their own body positivity then shaming men for things about themselves that they can’t change, that’s not cute. We vilify men for being too superficial about a woman’s appearance. So ladies, let’s stop being hypocritical when it comes to height.
Longwinded description of what went wrong in her previous relationship
Yes. Right in her bio. Yes I asked. Yes, that’s weird. They say don’t talk about your ex on your first date. I think the same rule should apply to before you even get to that first date. We all have a relationship past. There’s no need to force it onto your dating future.
Her Credit Score
Yup, you read that right. Apparently dating is like applying for a mortgage now? It’s like leading with the financial equivalent of an unsolicited dick pic; great that you’re proud of yourself, but that’s pretty personal and no one asked you for it. The only time a guy needs to know your credit score is when you’re applying for a loan together, and I’m pretty sure that’s not happening at first swipe.
Pictures from her wedding
No, she’s not the bridesmaid standing next to the woman in white. She’s the BRIDE. Clearly things didn’t go right in her marriage (or did they???), but what’s the angle here? Are you trying to show that you’re marriage material? That you’re not afraid of commitment? That you’re already committed but looking for a sidepiece? Either way, a bridal shot shouldn’t be what you’re leading with unless you’ve got a good explanation in your bio as to why.
Pictures from her pregnancy
Yes, apparently women out there are using their prepartum (is that a word?) pics in their dating profile. Are you actively dating while pregnant (cool, but maybe let a dude know?) Do you just love how glowy you were in month 5 and want to show it off? While obviously a pregnancy and subsequent children are a huge part of a woman’s reality, using a baby bump pic in your profile will generally cause surprise and confusion to whoever is looking at it, and probably an immediate left swipe.
In both this case and the one above, my guy friends tell it it strikes them as strange, and even a bit greedy, that you’re trying to attract someone new using photos that so clearly showcase not only your past relationship but your future family goals with that person from your past, especially if you’re not clear about what’s actually going in in your life. And in the case of dating apps, when a picture leaves you with more questions than answers, no one really wants to stick around to find out the answers.
Spotted something strange in a dating app profile lately? Tweet to us at @weraddicted to share it and maybe you’ll end up in an Addicted to love! Now have fun and safe swiping!