Tips for Reading Men’s Profiles on Online Dating Sites

Women who are dating after a divorce are often a bit older than the never-married gals on or other online dating sites. Since divorced women have been out of the dating scene for a while, they may benefit from these small tips.

Men’s Dating Profiles

No woman can ever really get to know a man through his online dating profile, however, there are some key phrases that require special attention and more investigation. Sometimes nice guys write the same phrases that jerks or slackers write, but nice guys don’t mean them in the same way. So it may not be necessary to delete a man’s profile because of one red flag. All women need to look at the phrases in context and decide if there is a pattern of problematic areas.

Some fellows have no idea what to write and just repeat things they have heard before. is only one of many good dating sites, however all sites have similar sections where a man can write his biography and describe his ideal girlfriend. On the main essay section is called “About Me and Who I’m Looking For”.

“About Me and About Who I’m Looking For”

When reading a man’s profile, look to see if the fellow has written a long essay about himself and no one else. Should his profile be renamed “About Me”? Some guys really do not know what to write, but with other men, everything in life really is all about them and no one else. Look at the rest of the guy’s profile to see if there is a pattern.

Also, is there a long list of things that the man wants, or does not want, in a girlfriend? A woman should reread this section to see if the man sounds like a control freak or a perfectionist who can never be satisfied.

Possible Red Flags

Women should remember that they are trying to understand a man through his written words. It is easier for a gal to misinterpret written words than words spoken by a man who is right in front of her. However, here are a few phrases that might give away an irresponsible man:

  • “I love to just hang out.” He might be broke. (Or, this phrase can also mean that he’s shy.)
  • “I like to be spontaneous and ready to take off on a moment’s notice.” Will this guy take off when the rent is due?
  • “I like to play pool and darts.” This sounds like a man who has spent a fair amount of time in bars.
  • “I’ve done a few different things in my career.” This could mean that the guy is not successful or cannot keep a job. It could also mean that he has started a better job with each move, though that is less likely.
  • “Just started a new job.” This may mean he is broke.

Here are phrases that have to do with relationships and a guy’s relationship history. Sometimes a man says more about himself than he knows.

  • “I don’t like to play games.” He was hurt in his last relationship.
  • “I’m easy to talk to.” He may want someone to listen to him and his problems.
  • “I treat people with respect.” This means that he wants to be treated “with respect”, whatever that means.
  • “I don’t want to possess or control you.” This often means just the opposite.
  • “Looking for an independent woman.” He wants a woman who can pay her own way. He might be looking for a “mommy”.

Words and Phrases

Try to read between the lines. These are possible translations of what a man probably means to say. Some of these phrases are not necessarily bad.

  • “Hardworking.” This usually means he’s blue collar, but a solid guy.
  • “Fine dining / gourmet dining.” He’s blue collar, but he tries to please and impress a woman.
  • “Baggage.” No matter how a man mentions this, it usually means he has “baggage”. (Everyone does, but what matters is if his “baggage” controls his new relationships.)
  • “Excitement and romance.” This means, “Sex with someone new.”
  • “Hopeful / hopeful romantic.” This man is just about to give up his search for a girlfriend. He may be willing to do more for you than some of the other contenders.

The phrases above are just a handful of hundreds of common phrases that men write in their profiles. And, remember that it’s impossible to know a man without meeting him at a safe and public place, like Starbucks.

While it usually takes a long time to find a nice guy online, they are out there. So, try not to overlook decent, solid guys who might not be “Mr. Excitement” but might make good, loving husbands. All women, who are dating after divorce, should look for these phrases and other patterns as they read men’s online profiles.


What About Those Internet Dating Sites?

Most of the sites are real, but the same cannot be said for some of the people who post on them.

How To Tell the Real From the Fake

Don’t depend on the site operators to tell you. The more posts they get, the more money they make. To be sure, there are a lot of genuine and sincere people looking for that special person to fit in their life. The problem is separating the real from the false. It’s entirely up to you to do all the homework. It’s time consuming, bothersome, and oftentimes frustrating, but well worth your while. The pictures can be phony, or the text, or both. Use your head as well as your heart.

Internet Dating – Red Flag Alert

This one is simple and easy to remember and should raise all the red flags in your mind. Ask them a LOT of questions, and then sit back to receive the answers and wonder why they haven’t asked you any! It’s a no-brainer. They don’t care. It’s all about them. There are some who call these on-line dating sites The good, the bad, and the ugly. For those in the know, it can be one, or all of these. With traditional dating sites it may be harder to detect a red flag as people usually message, which allows time to think of answers carefully. One has a much better chance to detect issues early by encouraging another party to get on the phone. Alternatively, there are free phone chat line out there that provide callers with ability to meet people by talking on the phone in real time. Chatting on the phone would save time on waiting for messages and help detect red flags much faster.

It’s All About Money

Many dating sites are free, if you can put up with all the ads they post there and hope you click on. Or, they try to lure you into paying for their “gold” membership to get rid of all the ads. Others will charge whatever they think the traffic will bear. The Online Publishers Association shows dating statistics from 2014 (up considerably at this date) that consumers spent $302 million on paid personals and dating content. Sites are listed by every imaginable consideration. Teens, Seniors, Disabled, Religious, ethnic, multi-racial, transgender, and a host of others.

About Those Dating Site Pictures

Are they real pictures of the person posting the ad? Some will place pictures of a good looking friend, or even a professional model. One big tip-off to a fake is one single picture. Maybe that’s all they could get or find. Ask for lots and lots of pictures. If they’re sincere, they’ll send them. Some on line sites have employees who will send you a wink or e-mail and want you to renew your subscription. They have many people to contact and will move on quickly. It’s time they can’t afford to spend on you, but your own time spent could well be the best investment you ever made.

Pay Attention to Your Gut Feelings

You’re not always going to be right, but you’re going to be right more often than wrong. Remember the old saying, “if it looks too good to be true…..” Before you dive head on into the deep side of the pool do everything you can to check out everyone you want to move any closer. One way or another, you’ll be glad you did.


Do you want to get serious or have some serious fun?

Theory #1 – There are those of us who date with one purpose, and that is to find a mate. We are dating until we find our life-long partner (“the one”), and then we will stop dating others. This will ideally lead to engagement and marriage. End of story, and that was simple, right? R-I-G-H-T! If only it were that easy!

What I am seeing an increase in, and I have yet to decide if it’s alarming to me or not, are those who date just to date. That brings me to Theory #2 Perhaps you are not interested in a long-term relationship. Maybe you are not interested in settling down and have no intention of becoming serious. But you are dating to have fun, to get out and get to know different people.

You may be dating to date for a variety of underlying causes. Perhaps you were just hurt badly in a previous relationship that ended, and you want to stay ‘on the scene,’ and don’t want to be home alone, but you are dating casually to protect yourself from becoming over-committed.

You may not have time for the personal, let’s call it ‘maintenance,’ the ups and downs that come with a steady relationship so maybe you just date on a casual level for something to do.

Maybe you are doing this for self-discovery, and to learn what you like and don’t like in potential mates, or more importantly, what you need and do not need.

Does your date know you are seeing other people? Do they know your intent is to get ? For those of you dating to date people . . while honesty may be difficult, and you may and will be tempted to play along if you like the guy/girl when they become more serious, I stress the importance of communication, tactful but open honest communication. It will save so many problems, heartache, and injured feelings down the road.