What’s Wrong With Asking For A Picture?

A few weeks ago, I received a message from a guy on OkCupid. The guy didn’t have a picture but he seemed super interesting in his profile (that’s a rarity) so, against my better judgment, I thought what the hell and I responded. We exchanged a few messages and then moved to chat (OkCupid chat).

After our first conversation, I asked the guy if he had a picture. I hadn’t really bothered to ask again and I wish I had this great excuse why but I just didn’t. Then again, we were still just on OkCupid so I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.

I asked him again about the picture. He sort of dodged the question. I didn’t want to be totally pushy, but let’s all be honest here, a picture is kind of an important thing. So I asked him again. He seemed a little hesitant to answer and finally told me that he didn’t have a picture. I thought that was a little strange. I mean, we are in the digital age, isn’t it a little weird to not have a picture?

So, I told him that I honestly wouldn’t meet him without a picture. And I am pretty sure he wasn’t all that pleased with my response because he flipped out. He talked about how I was shallow and said it wasn’t just about looks. Then, he launched into a long spiel about how if I was really interested in meeting him, looks shouldn’t matter.

Honestly, I had a moment where I wondered if I was being a little shallow. I mean, this guy seemed super cool and I would have loved to meet him. If nothing else, we could have been friends. And, a new-to-New-York gal can always use more friends.

But, then I realized, it’s really not just about how cute this guy us (or isn’t).  I mean if there was something terribly tragic about his looks I might want to be forewarned but that wouldn’t necessarily stop me from meeting him (and yes, I am totally serious about that). And, honestly it wouldn’t necessarily stop me from dating him (serious about that too). I am not saying that looks don’t matter because they do. But, what I am really looking for is a genuine attraction and connection with someone – mind, body, and soul.

All of that aside though, it’s partially about my comfort level and personal safety. Yes, I know there are no guarantees online. We all know I have met more than my share of crazies. (I even have a whole category for it). However, there are little things, like seeing a picture of the person that put my mind at ease a little. Meeting a person blindly from the internet just screams red flag to me – especially when it’s so easy to snap a picture and send it to someone. It just makes me think there is something this person doesn’t want to reveal (like they are actually a woman).

I am pretty sure I could think of plenty of reasons for wanting a picture but, really, who cares if one of them is to gauge the physical attraction? I mean, what’s so wrong about that? Part of it is just plain curiosity about what the guy looks like.  And, part of it is because I want to meet someone I am attracted to. Yes, I am aware that you don’t really know if you are attracted to someone until you meet them in person. But, I also know that you can know if there is no chance at all that you’ll be attracted to that one.

Really, what is so wrong about that? I mean, when you hit on a person in a bar you generally choose a person you are attracted to. Why should the internet be any different?

5 comments on “What’s Wrong With Asking For A Picture?

  1. woof. This is exactly why I'm always hesitant to even chat w/ someone who doesn't have a photo. If they are THAT against sending you one then they're probably too insecure for my taste anyway. I can't believe he said he didn't have one though! lol. I'm sorry he tried to turn it around & tell you you're too shallow though. I would seriously doubt he's met anyone on there who was willing to meet w/out seeing one. If you have a baby arm sticking out of your forehead I at least want to be warned.

  2. @Taylor I literally can't stop laughing about that comment! It's true. I can't handle tree hands again (and I am totally making the infamous hand motion right now). Too much of a risk!!

  3. @singlemuch I am usually hesitant too because normally their profile is all kinds of crazy. His was semi normal so I thought what the hell. Wrong! I seriously wonder if he's managed to meet anyone in person. I should have asked though I am sure he'd say he has just to try to convince me. Crazy!

  4. Pictures are important. You need to 'know' who you're meeting and sometimes you can tell a lot from a simple picture.
    As you said, if you chat up someone at a bar based on how attracted you are to their looks – its the same thing online .. need to see a pic or get on Skype at least once and then link up

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