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When you introduce yourself to a girl, she'll analyze your every word to determine whether you're a creep or a catch -- especially on the Internet, where so many people are willing to mislead. Even when good guys introduce themselves by email, very bad things can happen. Here are strategies to avoid, based on actual messages we've seen...
The Short But Creepy Introduction
Sending an email with a mere "hi" is looked down upon -- it implies that you have nothing to say to the person whom you're messaging...or to anyone in existence. And don't be like the guy on Plenty of Fish, named Sal, who introduced himself with the message, "Can I lick on you? I think you'd like it." No, Sal, nobody would like it.
The Template Introduction
"Hi, my name is Jerry, and if you're anything like me you're tired of the bar scene. I went on your page, and I must say you caught my eye." Blah blah blah blah blah. This is clearly something you copy and paste, over and over, with no personalization. It's a huge waste of time, and it makes you look like a psycho.
The Unorthodox Fetish Introduction
Everybody has their own individual preferences in bed, but if you have abnormal kinks, DO NOT tell the person you're emailing -- unless you're on a fetish dating site, which you probably should be. Like the guy on OK Cupid who wrote, "Hey,Cute pics! Crazy question maybe...are you into any kinky stuff? Having your feet worshiped and your toes sucked?" Foot worship isn't a kind of theology most women are interested in.
The "I'm Only In Town To Screw" Introduction
There's a reason why dating sites have a little button that says "casual" or "serious." It's better when everybody is honest about their intentions. However, explaining that you're visiting for business and "want someone to spend some time with" makes it sound like you'll be stuffing half of them in your suitcase and the other half in your carry-on bag.
If you're only in town for a night, go out in the world and meet someone face-to-face. The Internet is not the place for it, unless you're on Craigslist looking for an escort.