Typically, I hate these generalizing types of articles where the writer lumps a group of people together based on a sole joining characteristic and declare we dump said group in the Atlantic Ocean…
…but and this is a strong but, over the course of the my adult life, I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous stories from my gal pals about the men they’ve encountered and some of the antics that have ensued.
Hell, in my own life there have been antics and while I won’t go into gory dating details, I will say this: Some men are better seen and not dated. *Cough, cough: Don Draper* Of course it’s all personal preference and what one woman will deal with another one won’t. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
* No men, or Don Draper, was harmed in the writing of this post.
Mr. Chronic Texter
He’s attractive and charming enough that you’ve given him your phone number. You are actually looking forward to his call. Instead you get a string of text messages that are meant to replace an in real life, voice to voice conversation. No crisis right? Wrong.
In our digital world chronic texting has its place and it’s not during the courting phase. Call me old fashioned, no, call me worthy of a real conversation with voice inflection, emotion and connection. Hell, just call me. If he can’t be bothered to call you can you really be bothered to take him seriously?
Antidate: Mr. Telephone Man; A gracious guy who instead of initially texting actually rings your phone. Rare but they do exist
He quit his job because he has some other grandiose plans. So far those plans have consisted of playing XBox until 6am and smoking the cheeba. This guy has red flag written all over him not to mention “project”. And do you really have time for another project? Under normal circumstances, this guy might be pretty decent, but right now he’s complacent, unemployed and not going to bring much to your burgeoning world except stress. Leave him to his games.
Antidate: Mr. Ambitious; working hard to make his dreams come true. His positivity and vibe are infectious and you can’t help but be motivated as well.
He’s doesn’t want a relationship. He’s made this pretty clear. But he wants casual sex every once in awhile. This guy is trouble. And if you’ve developed feelings or an interest, I say run in the opposite direction. One thing about people, men and women included, you really can’t change them no matter how hard you try. His not wanting a relationship doesn’t make him a bad guy, his stringing you along, kinda does.
Antidate: Mr. Available. He’s ready for a commitment and he’s interested and open to the idea of that being with you. He’s transparent and through actions and words he reveals that to you.
Mr. Baby Daddy
Men with children are not the issue. Men with multiple children with multiple women who do not provide for said children are. Clear distinction. What man worthy of your time would not tend to his own flesh and blood? And is this the kind of man you want to someday raise your children with? Me thinks not. Slam on the brakes with this one, you’re heading for child support court.
Antidate: Mr. Responsible, or Mr. Owns Up to His Mistakes or Mr. Handles His Business or Mr. No Kids. Pick any one
Mr. Roaming Eye
He’s the man’s man, ladies’ man, man about town who gets around town. Wilt Chamberlin has nothing on him and the stories that are floating around are legendary. His crime isn’t that he’s had numerous partners, his crime is that he flaunts it like a machismo badge of honor. We’ve all had pasts but when his past is pretty much his present this one might not be a keeper.
Antidate: Mr. Keep It In the Closet
For every one of these dating archetypes, there are tons of dashing, intelligent, respectable men who are deserving of your time, love and grace. Let’s seek out the amazing men who lift us up and revere us and leave the rest to jump in the Atlantic.
Have you had an encounter with one of these Misters? What guys do you avoid?