Do you meet someone nice at a party or get together, but they turn down an invite for coffee? Do you have problems getting beyond a first date or get dropped after a week or two?
If you're getting ghosted before you even get something started, you might be guilty of one (or more) of these instant turn-offs, even if you're fit, well-dressed, and very attractive.
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1 – Are you inattentive or distracted?
A potential romantic partner wants to know that you're important to them. When you look around the room, half-listen to the conversation, or keep checking your phone, you're sending out the wrong signal.
2 – Do you mock other's passions?
Everyone has a “thing" they're into whether it's bowling, reality TV, kale, or Star Trek. You might not understand it, but if you mock their passion, it's an instant turn off and shows you're incompatible.
3 – Do you check out the eye candy?
It's bad enough if you're constantly checking your IG, but even worse if you're openly scoping out a hot guy or girl that turns your head.
4 – Are you closed off emotionally?
It's not a good idea to unpack your emotional baggage the moment you meet someone, but if you can't open up at all, that's a problem too.
5 – Are you a poor sport?
One round of pool at the local dive bar and a potential mate might scratch and run if you rage when you lose or thump your chest and brag when you win.
6 – Do you have fits of jealousy?
Being wanted is a nice feeling, but if you get possessive and see everyone as a threat, that can get old fast.
7 - Are you a pessimist?
If every conversation is about how much you don't like something, how it annoys you, or you constantly criticize, you're a pessimist. That can send a prospect scurrying away instantly.
8 – Are you a backstabber?
Trustworthiness is a top trait that attracts people, but if you're one that can't wait until someone leaves the room to unload trash talk them, it's no surprise you're not getting anyone's digits.
9 – Is materialism your thing?
It's nice to have nice things, but if that's all that matters to you or you judge people by their possessions, you might find yourself judged a poor potential partner.
10 – Do you have low self-worth?
It's nice to be humble (even if you're awesome), but if your sense of self-worth is so low that it's driving negative behaviors, you might come off as too much trouble.
11 – Do you belittle potential dates?
Are you sarcastic? Do you hand out burns or make jokes at other's expense? If so, you might be getting brushed off with good reason.
12 – Are you a poor conversationalist?
Relationships start with a chat. If you can't hold a meaningful conversation on subjects of mutual interest, your looks won't be enough to hold their interest.
13 – Are you argumentative?
If bickering gives you a thrill or you must always get your way, no doubt you're turning off people that you'd like to be dating.
14 – Do you lack ambition?
You don't need to unroll a road map of your five-year plan, but if you don't have life goals and ambitions (maybe even a bucket list), you might come off as immature.
15 – Must you be the center of attention?
The spotlight is great for an actor, but don't expect a girl or guy you want to stick around if it's always about you. When every sentence starts with “I," then you have a problem.
16 – Are you disrespectful?
To be a good prospect as a love interest, the object of your affection must trust you to interact with their friends, family, and co-workers in a way that won't embarrass them.
17 – Are you a stage-five clinger?
Everyone needs a little space, and if you can't leave a little breathing room for a potential partner to hang out with friends or have a cocktail after work, you're going to chase them away.
18 – Do you issue ultimatums?
No one wants to hear “or else." If you always make threats to get your way, it's an instant turn off.
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