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First Impressions

What men really think of your online dating profile

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    Thought the competition was stiff to get a job? It may be even fiercer to find a mate online. A recent study by MBAPrograms.org found that over 49 million people per month look for love on eHarmony and Match.com alone. Much like HR directors go through resumes looking for reasons to remove you from the running, potential mates scan dozens of profiles and easily can be turned off. Here, statements women make in their profiles that chase away eligible bachelors.

    You say: I want a financially secure man.

    He hears: I'm not financially secure, and I believe men should take care of women.

    "Is she looking for a sugar daddy?" asks Eli*, a 41-year-old from Orlando, FL, who's used online dating sites. You may only mean you don't want a financial wreck for a boyfriend, but this request is a red flag for men. "People who live a comfortable lifestyle want someone who can do the things they do, but it's not necessary to say that outright," says eFlirtExpert.com founder Laurie Davis, whose book, Love at First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating, is due out in 2013. Instead, Davis suggests searching for people within your income bracket (which is an option on many sites, though a study by dating site OkCupid revealed that people typically inflate this number by 20 percent) or looking for other clues in their profiles, such as similar favorite travel destinations.

    *Names have been changed.

First Impressions
What men really think of your online dating profile
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