Guy Hiatus

In an effort to retain our sanity, fellow fabulous single Angie and I have made this pact to go on a much-needed break from boys. Why? Where do I even begin?! Though most dating experiences leave us with some fond memories, and more importantly, endless laughs, I think I've already had my fix.

Avoid this type of guy

I just don't think I can take any more freakish moments, awkward silences, and unnecessary guilt - and when it comes to dating, you'll have more of those than successes. Not to mention, I'm actually fine being solo for the first time. Take it from a girl who has rarely been single since she turned 15 - I can get used to this.

Retract - I have gotten used to this. And me likey! Plus, I'm more creative when I'm alone. This can come in handy for work, since I'm a writer and all.

So, I got sidetracked for a second or two - some very bad dates, as you can imagine. And, have since come to a conclusion on my non-negotiables (word processed and laminated) as a result of my encounters. They are as follows (and maybe you can add some of these to your list, too).

Avoid this type of guyHead for the hills if you see these guys:

Avoid this type of guyHabitual drug users

Yes, there was once a boy who had to leave the dinner table to get his fix. I assumed, at first, that he just had an over-active bladder. But upon coming back wired, I was pretty certain, he would never love me - he only loves his dealer.

Men to avoidCruelty to animals

You don't have to love animals, but you don't have to kick them either. This boy (or shall I say, evil spawn of satan), kicked his roommate's cat. I walked out then and there after I told him to go to hell.

Avoid this type of guyRude to wait staff

If your server is doing just fine and he still finds a reason to bitch about something, beware, ladies. Before long, he may be bitching to you. No one likes a verbal abuser.

Men to avoidThat's cheap, Charlie

That's right - this guy once made me pay for his movie and mine (and to top it all off, he was the one who asked me out). When the cashier gave the total, he didn't as much flinch. What was I to do? I paid to avoid total awkwardness, watched the movie in silence and sped off into the sunset after it was over.

Beware of some menHello, divo

Girlfriend, if he spends more time in front of the mirror than you do, then you'll have problems. You should be the pretty one in the relationship - or at the very least, it should be equal. If he's way too into himself and his looks, he'll likely have little room to care about much else.

Beware of some menThe sweat monster

I understand that he was nervous, but to spit questions out at me like rapid fire amidst sweating? Come on! If you're out with a man who's perspiring profusely and it's in the middle of winter, odds are he may have some anxiety or social issues. That can't be fun when it comes time to introduce him to friends and family. Tread carefully.

Avoid this type of guyBad spellers

Okay, not everyone can be a great speller, that's for sure. But if your date is spelling simple words incorrectly, that's a sign he may not be educated. Maybe that floats your boat, but for me, literacy is huge. And oh, if he gets "your" and "you're" confused, that can't be good either. Make sure your new man is up to par with your intelligence (unless you like dating down, that is).

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Comments on "Men to avoid: 7 non-negotiable types of guys"

cobaltred April 25, 2010 | 6:40 PM

Hmmmm #7, Funny I have dyslexia but very well educated. BS in Occupational Therapy, was on the Deans Honor Roll and the Presidents Honor Roll several times. Graduated with a 3.38 and even to this day I have trouble spelling. I wanted to kiss the individual who invented White Out and wanted to make love to the one who came up with Spell Check. I am happy you can spell but do not discount a person JUST because he or she cannot spell.

Leslie Blue February 24, 2010 | 11:03 PM

How about the cell to the brain guy. Trust me you don't want him either. I had a guy ask me out for a walk threw the park. We got to the swing set and his phone started ringing like crazy. He apologized and took the call, saying one minute! After 5 mins on the swings alone, I told him over his call "I have your number, I won't be using it, trust me!" and walked threw the park and never looked back. Out on a date, a guy should turn his phone OFF or he's not at all interested in you.

daysocks February 15, 2010 | 1:09 PM

I'm unsure about number 7. Bad spelling isn't necessarily a sign of lack of intelligence/education. He could just have difficulty spelling. Ever heard of dyslexia?

Paul February 15, 2009 | 3:44 PM

I agree with everything (especially #2), except for #4. I know a lot of girls who intentionally freeload of guys just to have a good time and then dump them. I had it done plenty to me and actually one time after dating a girl for seven months, she had a fit because I asked finally if she could share the restaurant bill! She yelled at me and said "You suck! I've got bills to pay!" and left me.

Gift January 23, 2009 | 1:53 PM


tammigirl January 18, 2009 | 10:36 AM

I love #7 and feel it should apply to girlfriends as well as dates!

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