It’s all too easy to scroll through Internet profiles, selecting the Brad Pitt look-alikes and bypassing the rest.
Remember, real men lose their hair and grow love handles, yet if you met them in person, you just might find them charming.
Besides, if you’re anything like us, you probably don’t look that much like Angelina.
We accepted a date with a guy whose head shot looked perfectly human, even normal. For instance: DON’T get taken in by corny, overused come-on lines like, “Looking to spoil the lady of my dreams with flowers and candlelit dinners.” And beware of perfect strangers who promise to “snuggle with you in front of the fireplace” and “enjoy sunset strolls on the beach.” These guys have one thing on their minds.
In the flesh he could have passed for Dracula, with a mouthful of rotted, brown, pointy fangs. That’s why they took a course on What Women Want to Hear 101.
DO brush up on your math if he sounds too good to be true: DON’T choose your dates based on photos.
DO post a recent photo, and write an honest description of yourself.
One of our guy friends salivated over a picture of a pgorgeous, blonde, bikini-clad model.
Expecting a Cameron Diaz look-alike, he was shocked to meet a morbidly obese woman in a moo-moo. On the other hand, we’ve dated men who were relieved and delighted that we simply looked like our pictures.
(And believe us, we’re not Cameron.) They were grateful enough to stay through the crème brulée.
Unless you work in a totally male milieu – for instance, a urologists’s office, NASCAR race track, or beef ‘n’ ale house -- your quest to meet a man will take you to the Internet.
The good news is that you’ll find thousands and thousands of guys online, all trolling for dates.
On the other hand, be prepared to spend hours and hours learning how to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Here’s our crash course on the DOs and DON’Ts of cyberdating.