Maybe that quote should be flashing in big red letters on the webpage where photos are loaded for internet dating profiles.
Because it appears that a lot of men (and I presume women as well) put almost no thought into what the photos they are choosing says about them. Let me give you a few examples.
- Photos taken with webcams. Personal experience tells me that a webcam will never, ever take a flattering photo of you.
- Photos of celebrities. Or bodybuilders. Or cartoon characters.
- Photos that look like mugshots. Scary, unflattering and unfriendly. Just no.
- Photos so blurry they look pixelated? Just makes me think mugshot. Sorry.
- Umm, is that a photo of you and your girlfriend? Awkward.
- Oh look, a rough job of cropping the (ex?) girlfriend out of the photo. Great. So much better.
- Don't need to see your tongue piercing. Put the tongue away. Please.
- Toilet in the background of your selfie, no thanks.
- Subbing in a photo of a beloved car or motorbike instead of a photo of self. Why yes, I am browsing for a new car, am I not?
- Umm, the datestamp visible on that photo tells me it was taken 10 years ago. Nothing more recent?
- Yes, that photo of your child is lovely, thanks for sharing, but perhaps not a great choice for your profile picture. That's just kind of weird.
"If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
If you can't think of anything clever or charming to say, "hi" is perfectly fine. Trust me, it will win more points than any of these:
- "I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?"
- "I must be the sun and you must be the earth, because that closer we get the hotter you become."
- "Why aren't you in jail? It's illegal to look that good."
I'm such a negative Nancy, aren't I?
No wonder I'm single.