Beige flags are the pizza margherita of online dating
online dating is more ubiquitous than ever before. The perpetual scrolling through dating apps has become a ritual that, for some, is slowly becoming the plot of the Groundhog Day movie. A guy holds his dog for the camera, a woman smiles at an Aperol Spritz, and half of them seem to be taking their best pictures at the gym or by a lake. These photos are of course not Red flags, because nobody does anything wrong here – but they are not particularly imaginative, creative or not boring either. Just like Pizza Margherita – neutral, beige. If your online dating routine is beginning to feel like a long series of unsatisfying Margherita Pizzas, then you might want to check out these Beige flags regard. We explain the easiest way to unmask them.
According to TikTok, beige flags are unfortunately part of everyday life in online dating
The hash tag #BeigeFlag is one of the most visited pages on TikTok right now, and more and more are sharing their experiences with Beige Flags at online dating. is ahead of everyone Caitlin MacPhail, who coined the term “Beige Flags” and has put together a few videos of the most important generic phrases, images and responses that she has had to see over and over again in her online dating history to date.
Beige flags can be anything – some dating apps have prompts that can be filled in, which can be beige flags, pictures can be beige flags, and a conversation can always have a beige flag. In her video, Caitlin describes the example of taking a position on ongoing debates in a supposedly funny way: whether you should eat pineapple on pizza or whether you should like coriander. Also, any indication that you’re watching a mainstream sitcom like The Office is a big beige flag. Supposedly everyone has an opinion on this, but it is not really important or decisive for anyone.
Beige Flags: How to Spot Boring Syndrome in the Online Dating Jungle
Everyone has probably seen Beige Flags at least once in their life. They are monotonous answers or pictures that say nothing about the person you want to get to know. When you read about the hundredth person who likes to watch “Friends” or go jogging, when you see the three hundredth person with a dog in their profile picture, you can hardly tell the people apart anymore and they become one long stream probably meaningless news and shirtless pictures. Caitlin MacPhail tutors us on spotting beige flags in her TikTok videos captioned “RU BEIGE?” in which she dissects people’s dating profiles and gives them feedback on beige flags.
Of course, all profiles were sent to her voluntarily by the person who is happy about the valuable feedback. MacPhail analyzes group shots where you can’t tell who owns the dating profile, shirtless photos and mirror selfies, but also generic answers to questions about the “perfect Sunday” or the best “activity for two”.
For example: In a picture you can see two friends posing with sports clothes and a dog on a summit. On top of that, the question about the “perfect Sunday morning” is answered with “Breakfast in bed 🥂”. Wow, so beige you want to run away screaming. A better (and probably more honest) answer would be: “Sleep in and do nothing. Do you want to?” And as a photo, we sometimes only want a picture of the dog when dating online – but only if it really belongs to the potential dating partner and if we can accompany him, the potential human date, for a walk without us having to exchange “coriander yes/no” in writing beforehand.