Online dating can be a murky world, with its own unspoken rules, warning signs and red flags.
Some things – especially when it comes to online profiles – are turn-offs in any situation, whether you’re looking for a date or not.
A 27-year-old bodybuilder, let’s call him Boris, takes online dating to a new low however, as his ‘three rules’ for potential partners manage to be simultaneously racist, misogynistic, insulting, arrogant, insecure and all kinds of nope.
Boris’ ‘rules’ were shared by a Twitter user called Zoe, who said: ‘I thought I’d give Tinder a go but honestly, it’s fully put me off dating.’
And it’s not hard to see why. Other than his rules showing he’s not much more than a poor excuse for a human being – who takes a selfie in a bathroom with their trousers around their ankles?! Is that a look now? Pull them up or take them off, shit or get off the pot Boris, but trousers around your ankles is not a good look for anyone. It just makes it look like you’ve shat yourself.
As well as the awful photo, the 27-year-old shared his list of requirements, which were as follows:
I have 3 rules..
Rule 1, I don’t want to be step dad so no kids unless u have just one… I want my OWN thanks
Rules [sic] 2, if you date black Boys or think about it don’t even text me
Rule 3, I don’t want a time waster or someone who is a bum .. go make your own money u lazy fucks
As I said before – racist, misogynistic, insulting, arrogant, and insecure, right?
Perhaps insecure is the main one though, because aside from all the obvious points, these rules just reveal the guy – standing with his trousers round his ankles – has a few issues with himself, rather than those he is imposing on the people he wants to date.
Firstly, what’s wrong with being a step dad? Many step parents are great. Biological or not, raising a child is a rich and rewarding experience.
Secondly, or ‘Rules 2’, well, it’s pretty obvious what’s wrong with this one. Nope.
And thirdly, his own financial insecurity will just make prospective partners insecure about their own situation. Way to get off on the wrong foot.
The hopeless unromantic goes on:
I have my own 2 bed flat I bought
I body build
I have a German shepherd
I eat a lot
I don’t take shit
But your trousers are round your ankles mate, you’re half way there!
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.