Starting today, I’ll be writing an article once every few months called “From Bad to Worse,” showing actual photos, profiles, or e-mails from various online dating sites that are too good (as in, too awful) not to show. This week’s topic? Photos.
By now, we should all know the five rules of thumb for photos:
- Less is more
- Have at least one clear “face” photo
- Be by yourself in the shot
- Have one photo where you’re doing something interesting
- Be accurate
Even if you don’t follow the rules above, some photos should never make it onto your online dating profile. All of the photos below miss the mark.
I spy a fanny pack… and how many years ago was this taken?? Is this the ‘80s?
Does that say 1997 in the corner????
Am I going out with him???
Really? She’s looking for a serious relationship with those hanging out? I’m sure she’ll get some upstanding guys.
The mirror picture’s a no no… at least he has his shirt on!
And my personal favorite:
Did I mention she’s 73?
In online dating, making a good first impression is key. People can easily pass over your profile if they don’t immediately see something they like. And a recent study confirmed what we already know, that men are extremely visual, and look mainly at the photos and less at the profile itself. So choose wisely!
If you’d like to contribute any photos/profiles you find or e-mails you (or friends) receive to “From Bad to Worse,” please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people stand out from the online dating crowd and have a rewarding experience. An archive of all of Erika’s columns is also available. Want to connect with Erika? Join her newsletter for updates and tips.