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Online dating advice: avoid these dates

Advice about dating online: 4 potential dud dates

If you're dating online, here's some advice: have fun, be careful and get ready for a big adventure.  And watch out for these four problematic potential dates...

Guys with older roommates (i.e. parents)  See top photo above...

Living with roommates isn't rare, especially for young people. It shouldn't be a huge shock that your date has a roommate or two. Besides creating flashbacks of student living in the University days, dating someone who has roommates could prove to be an entertaining experience - think Schmidt and Cece's not-so-secret relationship on The New Girl.

But it might be a major warning sign if you notice these "roommates" are about 30 years're likely dating someone who still lives at home with their parents.  Obviously, the living costs in a big city are expensive, but a man who actually relishes living with his parents, like Matthew McConaughey in Failure to Launch, is not an ideal date. Toss intimacy out the window and forget about overnight stays. 

Don't outright dismiss potential partners just because they still live at home with their parents. It's very possible that they are making a financial decision to avoid debt while putting themselves through law school. Living at home should not be a turn-off, but examine the motives behind the decision: if it's due to money problems or sheer laziness, this should be a huge warning to get out.   

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