Eventually, you find yourself sneaking phone calls to your bestie or cutting your conversations and text marathons short. Because your partner has the potential to be controlling and possessive, and you'd rather not deal with the drama.Considering these stats, the grim reality is that if you date online, you’re likely to run into a few freaky fish before you find a good catch. The list of women who have been raped or sexually assaulted by online dates is even longer. Do they write in all caps or nonsensical sentences? Does that profile picture look a little too good to be true?Someone who blatantly disregards what you’ve stated you’re looking for is simply wasting your time.
Beware of needy companions and maintain your independence, or else you risk the inevitable —"When couples do everything together, one or both always secretly starts to resent the other," Dr. Controlling Perhaps, hypothetically speaking, the person you're seeing gets uncomfortable when you talk on the phone with your friends or family.If a guy’s profile is full of shots of him in sunglasses, dressed up for Halloween, or in miniature in front of the Great Wall of China, it’s hard not to suspect that he’s hiding something.It’s great conversation fodder when someone displays snapshots of himself on vacation or out with friends, but it’s reasonable to expect at least one clear picture of his face.These flags won’t always be waived high and be obvious, so really take a subjective look at your relationship in the early stages, and don’t let yourself be blinded by butterflies and that magical floaty feeling we all get. When you meet someone new you're filled with feels and tend to romanticize the person you're actually with into the person you want them to be. Why shouldn't you get your prince charming, white picket fence, and perfect love story? For some, however, glazing over someone's faults means ignoring obvious, and potential red flags.Seth warns: “For a relationship to be happy and lasting, two people need to retain a certain level of independence.” In other words, there's no need to be wrapped up in one another's plans all the time.