Is Facebook Killing Your Mojo?
By Belisa Vranich
Your fantasy girl may be judging your every move online. Too bad your social networking profile’s such a turnoff to the ladies. Here’s how to put your best face forward on the Web.
Sure, social networks like MySpace and Facebook give you access to more girls than the old analog world of generations past. Sadly, though, these young ladies may be more digitally privy than you. And they may be looking at your online profile right now, only to conclude that … you’re a jerk.
Example: Think an ambiguous relationship status makes you mysterious? Well, nope. Actually, a girl eyeing this immediately thinks you’re hiding something or someone -- or that you just want to keep your options open.
Here are five more things she may perceive as a red flag, and here’s how to avoid them:
The about-face: Really, keep it inside. To hook a girl, you need to keep a few secrets, or at least try not to seem like a whiney pessimist. Pour your heart out after you've been dating for a few months -- not on your wall. She may still think you whine but at least she’ll feel special that you whine to her.
Compromising Profile Photos
The about-face: Swap these pictures out for something a little more conservative, such as something that actually, and accurately, features you -- at a time when you’re not puking, fighting or wearing someone’s boxers on your head.
Constant Status Updates
The about-face: Even if you do spend your weekends playing online backgammon, you can at least appear to be busy by curbing the urge to update every hour on the hour. And please wean yourself off the "Which Family Guy character are you?" quizzes.
A Defaced Wall
The about-face: Deactivate your wall or restrict who can view it.
The about-face: Change your settings so you’re notified whenever anyone tags you and can un-tag yourself ASAP. (Or, you know, stop being a lying two-timer.)
Got it? Stop shooting yourself in the foot with your profile. Now you might actually have a chance with her.
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Belisa Vranich is a renowned clinical psychologist, author and public speaker. The former sex and health editor for Men’s Fitness magazine and Maxim radio co-host claims she’s not on Facebook.
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