The guys of Online Dating Rituals of the American Male have some pretty strong opinions when it comes to finding the right partner. And why shouldn't they? We've seen them put up with a lot, including twerking on the first date. Yikes!
When we recently caught up with online daters Marcus Pierce and Brian Reams, we played a fun little deal-breaker game—Red Hot or Red Flag? We learned, among other things, that cutting pizza with a fork and knife is actually a turn-on. To think, we've gone this long without that information.
In an effort to uncover even more dating secrets that could lead us down a path of everlasting happiness (or at least a sloppy first-date smooch), we quizzed fellow online daters Alex Stein, J. Keith Van Straaten and Adey Bennett. Check out their insightful gems of advice below.
Red Hot or Red Flag: Cats
J. Keith: "Hell yeah! Hot, hot, hot. You got one here?"
Adey: "I think more than one cat is a red flag. Cats are cool, just not in numbers."
Alex: "I don't like litter boxes, litter boxes are gross. No offense, cats poop in a box in your bathroom. It's a turn-off to me. I just respect dogs more. I think they poop in a better area."
Red Hot or Red Flag: Not Having a Facebook Page
Adey: "Eh, that's not a deal-breaker for me. I usually go on Instagram to see other pics. But if they don't have Instagram, then... You gotta have some kind of fingerprint out there."
Alex: "Social media to me is, like, literally a social security number. You gotta have some form of outlet where you can express yourself. It's like she's hiding something."
Red Hot or Red Flag: Cutting Pizza With a Fork and Knife
Adey: "I'm from New York, I don't like that."
Alex: "I'm a big Seinfeld fan, so that's a turn on. Elaine eats a candy bar with a fork and a knife—she's a classy broad. She doesn't wanna get pizza sauce all over her nice dress!"
J. Keith: "Suspicious. If she ate it with a spoon, that would be...hot?"
Red Hot or Red Flag: Staying Close With An Ex
Adey: "Red flag."
Alex: "Red flag."
J. Keith: "It's more red flag than red hot, but it's not a problem."
Red Hot or Red Flag: Sex on the First Date
Alex: "As hot as it gets. Red hot. But if I sleep with the girl on the first date, I'm not going to end up having a serious relationship with her. It's just going to be a booty call."
J. Keith: "I believe that's the definition of hot. I've had sex on the first date and never seen the person again, and I've had sex on the first date and gone into a relationship with that person. So I don't think it's an indicator [of whether or not the relationship is going to work out]."
Adey: "Magma. If there's a connection right away, why not?"
Red Hot or Red Flag: Self-Depricating Humor
Alex: "Red hot. I like a girl with a sense of humor, even if they're making fun of themselves. At least they have a sense of humor and they're willing to laugh about their unfortunate situation."
J. Keith: "Red hot, if it's humor. If it's self-depricating and not self-defecating—I think thats where we draw the line."Red Hot or Red Flag: No Hot Friends
Adey: "That's a little strange judge of character because there's a reason why she's hanging out with ugly girls. There's some sort of insecurities going on. Birds of a feather flock together so there's something ugly about her."
J. Keith: "I would be more concerned if her friends were awful rather than unattractive."
Red Hot or Red Flag: 3+ Drinks on the First Date
Adey: "It depends. If she's hot, then it's hot. But if she's not, then it's not. I don't do messy drunks."
Alex: "There's no such thing as being a straight drunk. If you're drunk, you're gonna be sloppy. And I like a girl that drinks. I'm pro-sloppy drunk."
Red Hot or Red Flag: An AOL Email Address
J. Keith: "HAHA! I prefer women who are on CompuServe."
Alex: "That means she's not very hip. Obviously she's a dork."
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