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The ‘getting to know you’ phase when dating can be an exciting time when you first meet someone. I like to think about the exploration of a potential partner as a book that I get to study page by page, chapter by chapter. First impressions reveal a snapshot of a person, but as we all know, people are complex.

Thus, it is so important to be mindful of the initial impressions and warning signs that reveal themselves during the beginning stages. I profiled ten men on the different red flags they look for when dating, and this what they had to share.



Khalil Haywood|30|@damnitpops

For me, one of my big red flags is watching how someone speculates how I feel versus asking how I feel about something. I think it says a lot about someone in how they approach that kind of situation. Some women may have a propensity for doing the most, when the most isn’t necessary. Another red flag for me is when someone isn’t family oriented. I’m very much family oriented, and I’d need to be with someone who is comfortable enough and excited to do family things.
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