So this one is as old as online dating itself, the man with no photos on his profile. I have a firm warning on my profile that I basically don’t take a profile without photos seriously. Nor should any woman. The reason? Well there are many but the main reason is that most men that are on online dating websites that won’t show their face are either married or involved with someone and looking to cheat. Why wouldn’t they show their face? It makes little sense. So many people are on online dating sites now, that if a married man blatantly had a profile seeking another woman, chances are that friends or co-workers of his wife or girlfriend might stumble upon his profile. Openly putting yourself out there on a dating website when married is a very dangerous thing to do. But take the photos off, change a few details about your occupation, change your age, where you live and bingo, you have no created a new identity. Maybe a woman who is naive enough to think that some unseen man has nothing to hide will fall for the ruse. Most men use their occupation as the reason why they can’t show their face. All of these are specific examples that I have gotten sometimes multiple times…
- My job is very high-profile, it would be embarrassing for me to be on here –
- It could potentially hurt my firm’s reputation if I am seen on a dating website – REALLY? If they only knew how MANY people are on websites like Match.com at this point, there is hardly any shame in it anymore. Or that somehow a business deal will go south because a potential client saw you on a dating website and decided you were unstable or something? Well then what are they doing on the site in the first place?
- I am a psychologist and it could make my relationship with my patients strained. – Do you think your patients are secretly in love with you or something? What kind of piece of work writes that?
I have been on dates with people who I met online who have VERY high-profile jobs in their fields. I won’t comment further, to protect others privacy but the high-profile job excuse is poppycock.
One man tried to send me photos privately. And I still have no idea what that was supposed to prove? OK so I see what he looks like, but again he isn’t willing to expose himself on the site itself, so NO DICE! I sent him a polite, sorry this doesn’t cut it email and he went off on me in an angry tirade full of venom and vitriol. I know I can come across as too blunt in written form, but I think I dodged a major bullet with that psycho! Not only was he probably married, but he had some anger issues!
I am sure that there are women doing the exact same thing on dating websites. Although since men tend to be more visually orientated than women, I wonder how effective the no photo approach would work. They probably pull the same tactic, of I will send you photos privately. It is hard to believe that people would fall for that, but loneliness can really pull a person down into despair, after a while any glimmer of hope starts to look promising.
One no-photo man recently contacted me and because I was in a slightly angrier than usual mood, I sent him a blunt reply basically saying that no woman would take him seriously without photos. He posted photos within the hour of opening my email! He wasn’t my type, so I didn’t feel like I missed the boat on that one after scolding him for not showing his mug.
And when in doubt, even if you meet someone online with photos and you buy their story about being single or divorced IMMEDIATELY google their full name when you get home, and if they claim they are divorced google their name and the word wife. You would be surprised how much information is readily available on the internet at no cost whatsoever. In one case, I googled a man’s name found his ex-wife’s profile on Facebook and found her listed as single. That made me feel a million times better, but if it had said married, he would have never heard from me again. You really can never be too careful, the nature of online dating makes it far too easy for men and women who want to cheat.
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