There aren’t many plus sides to dating apps these days. Between unwanted dick pics and horrible pickup lines, deleting apps altogether is seeming more and more appealing. In the midst of all of this, it’s easy to forget the original perk of apps like Tinder: you can weed out weirdos and fuckboys before you even go on the date.
That’s easier said than done, though. Almost everyone out there has a horrible, gross, or just plain awkward dating story that originated online. So, how do you know which guys to avoid before you even meet them?
Luckily, I’m here to tell you the biggest signs that you should cancel the date and run for the hills.
He Gets Sexual Before You Meet
Everyone knows if he sends you an unwanted dick pic or says something disgusting it’s time to block. But even subtle hints about physicality lend itself to weirdness. If he randomly says, “I wish I could kiss you right now…” “Can you send me a picture?” “I wish we were cuddling” without you bringing it up or reciprocating his feelings, rethink where his priorities are. He either just wants to get laid or he can’t talk to women.
He’s Already Really Into You
It’s okay if it’s mutual, but if your potential date starts confessing how much he likes you and wants to be with you in the first text conversation, you might want to reconsider. These guys seem sweet at first but can quickly turn sour. Often, these early-stage clingers get angry if you reject them later on. Not feeling a second date? Be read to get bombarded with texts berating every aspect of your personality that he liked soooo much before.
On the opposite end of a spectrum, the guy who isn’t responding that often and is dragging his feet on planning a date is probably not that interested. Yeah, everyone is busy with school and work and blah blah, but even the busiest people make time for what’s important. It’s harsh, but it’s true- if he never shows to the sushi restaurant it’s because he doesn’t, and probably will never, see you as a priority.
You Already Know Him
Steve works with your friend Nancy. Wow, what a small world! You’ve never noticed how cute his dimples are! Stop. If you already know the guy, things probably aren’t going to work. If you didn’t like him when you met in person, it’s unlikely that you’ll catch feelings just because you matched on Bumble. Plus, if things don’t work out, you’ll still have to see him at Nancy’s birthday party in two months.
And perhaps most importantly…
He Has a Picture Holding a Fish
Sorry, but he voted for Trump.