What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to online dating. We all know that profile pictures are key components in the online dating game. What you say in your profile can also determine whether you get messages from the love of your life or the dude who just wants to bang in the basement of his childhood home. But photos and your “About Me” section shouldn’t be the only things to consider when you’re looking for love via the internet. A simple thing, such as your username, also plays great role in your online dating game. So what are some good online dating username tips to follow?
According to a study published in the journal Evidence Based Medicine, researchers from the Queen Mary University of London went through 4,000 studies and analyzed 86, to discover the most effective approaches in online dating. As researchers found, playful screen names such as “Fun2bwith” are universally attractive. While men were more attracted to screen names that indicated some sort of physical attractiveness (i.e. CuteBlonde123), women were more attracted to names that indicated intelligence (i.e. CulturedGuy456). The study also found that names with letters higher up in the alphabet were found to be measures of success, educational attainment, and income. As in, Amazing_Adam678.
As the study’s author, Khalid Khan, suggested in a press release, “People are also attracted to those similar to themselves. So before setting up your profile, look at the profiles of people you find attractive and choose a name with a likeness.”
In 2014, online dating site Zoosk, took their team of data scientists and analyzed more than 430,000 profiles on the site to determine the top 10 words that appear in members’ profile names. These were the top 10:
Your username is actually a lot more important than you might’ve initially thought. As experts from consumer research group, NextAdvisor, found, usernames may seem trivial or petty, but they are indeed the first thing other users see. It’s so true. Do I really want to be hitting up the cute, soon-to-be lawyer who proudly labels himself as “SxyFratBoy” or “Sit_On_My_Face69”? No, I don’t.
Because usernames are important, I spoke with Emily Bartz from NextAdvisor about how to ensure that you make the most out of yours. After all, first impression is everything.