Just like there are many things guys unknowingly do this turn women off, there's a bunch of things women do that are major warning flags for the opposite sex.
We've scoured the web and polled our male friends. Curious what behaviors made our no-no list? Take heed from the following advice and steer clear of these behaviors at all costs.
1. Grooming and checking yourself out while you're on the date.
While there is nothing wrong with going for a quick look into your phone to make sure you do not have lettuce inside your teeth while your date is from the table, full out grooming and mirror time is really a no-no. If you want to practice your “angles” or perfect your contouring skills, get it done before you depart the home. Based on men, this kind of behavior sends the message that you are interested in your image (cough cough high maintenance cough cough) than you're in understanding them.
2. Using baby talk or giving them a call “daddy.”
While this might actually switch on a select subset of the male population, in general, baby talk is a huge turn-off for many men. Guys are interested in dating you because you're an independent adult woman, so calling them “daddy” and speaking inside a baby voice just feels creepy and wrong to most dudes. And when they’re into it? They might be searching for a subservient play thing and it’s up to you to decide if you’re prepared to play that role.
3. Referring to your boyfriend or girlfriend.
It is obvious that referring to your ex is a no-no. While mentioning an ex may also be unavoidable (in the end, we're all adults with pasts), your ex-boo shouldn't be the main focus from the conversation. Continually mentioning your boyfriend or girlfriend sends the content that you are still hung up on the previous relationship and therefore aren't emotionally available.
4. Getting far too serious, way too soon.
The myth that all males are commitment-phobes is precisely that: a myth. With that in mind, getting serious far too fast once they haven't provided any suggestion that this is where the connection goes is a no-go. In other words, if it's only been one or two dates and you're already texting him links to all-inclusive wedding packages in Napa, you're doing the work wrong.
5. Bringing a moving van to the second date.
You're having your first sleepover like a couple and also you appear having a suitcase, some new throw pillows for his living room and plans to cleanse his sock drawer so you can use it being an auxiliary storage space for the bathing suits. Girl, slow the heck down. While it's pretty normal to keep some items in the home of the person you're dating, be sure you respect their personal boundaries. Avoid bringing over any personal items until you've had the “DTR” (determine the connection) conversation.
6. Bad hygiene.
This is a that applies to all genders. Regardless how hot you're, if you smell of you've been sleeping under your desk and “showering” with some spritz of Febreze every 72 hours, a relationship is simply out of the question.
7. Calling him “selfish” whenever he is doing his own thing or spends time with his friends.
If your dude isn't open to go on dates because the majority of his free time goes toward his fantasy football league and caring for his pet iguana Albert, it does not sound like you have much of a relationship to start with. However, if you make him feel guilty for wanting to see his friends and have some alone time, this is a huge red-flag for most guys since it puts them in an uncomfortable position.
As Thomas G. Fiffer writes in The Good Man Project, “he can close himself off and away to things he loves and people he enjoys seeing, or he is able to risk your disappointment and anger. Getting a man to sacrifice things and individuals he values with regard to your emotional security does not mean he loves you. This means he fears losing you (very different from love) and lacks the self-esteem to face up for himself being an individual. Men do would like to feel required by women, but not at the expense of their own freedom and autonomy. Freedom is a big turn-on for men, and relationships enjoy balance and healthy respect for every other's independence.”
8. Not being yourself.
While women's magazines would make you think that men will only be interested in you should you show up to some date appearing like a poreless, airbrushed Kardashian-esque vision, the truth is just the opposite. Guys just want you to feel at ease and also to be yourself (and anybody who doesn't isn't worth your time.) So, if rocking a skintight latex bodysuit is the jam, do you. However, if you're much more of a flannel shirt and ankle boots type of gal, don't be afraid to exhibit your true colors. Your date will thank you.