Things you can tell from a dating profile

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but an online dating profile speaks volumes. Knowing how to read between the lines of an online persona can help you zero in on the perfect match…and spot crucial red flags before they blindside you. Be on the lookout for these warning signs when checking out someone's online dating profile so you can narrow things down in your search for Mr. or Mrs. Right.

They're totally in love with themselves

If you've got it, flaunt it, but do we really need 11 shirtless selfies in front of your Civic with its unnecessarily huge spoiler, or another shot of your mini-skirted backside reflected in a dirty bathroom mirror? We get it—your life revolves around the gym and convincing people you could be the real-life inspiration for The Fast and the Furious. At the end of the day, these people are telling you that their goal is to get matched with themselves.

They'll make you cry tears of laughter (or boredom)

A witty, funny person will see the online dating scene for what it is: a ridiculous sort of online shopping site where you pick out humans and pay in emotional trauma. Online profiles are a chance to show off and present the best, curated version of yourself. If nowhere in that process does a person see an opportunity to tell a joke, then they probably aren't funny. And vice versa, of course. [

They're only looking for booty calls

The shorter the profile, the less they're concerned with a relationship. If their only interest is between the sheets, they probably aren't going to spend a lot of time on character development. These people are hoping their photos speak for themselves, and the rest of the profile serves as an underwhelming pickup line—not that there's anything wrong with that. Just don't expect your own Nicholas Sparks novel to bloom from a person whose profile has the vibe of a cheap paperback romance.

They're as smart as a box full of rocks

Flowery language and perfect punctuation doesn't necessarily mean someone is smart, but you can certainly tell a lot about a person's intelligence by how they talk about themselves and word their profile. If they can't put a few coherent sentences together when they have an infinite amount of time to create and polish their profile, don't be surprised when they can't do it in person.

An effortless attempt

How hard someone works on their online dating profile is a decent indication of how much effort they will put into pursuing a relationship with you. Did they make a decent attempt at being interesting? Clever? Funny? We suppose apathy can be attractive in a cool, detached, James Dean sort of way. But then again, you're probably not meeting James Dean on PlentyOfFish. You're meeting Kevin, who works at Krispy Kreme, is looking for "luv," and says "lit AF" way too much in his profile. Make an effort, Kevin.

They're a dirty liar

Everyone lies with their photos. Admit it: you took that selfie 800 times until you found the right combination of angles and filters to make you look like something that the villagers wouldn't chase into a cave with pitchforks and torches. We all know that person whose photos look nothing like they do in reality, so be wary when it comes to these romance sites/apps. If a person is more interested in selling themselves than trying to legitimately find someone, they'll include multiple photos from different angles, including full body shots.