An analysis about online dating published in the journal Evidence Based Medicine suggests that men are drawn to online profiles in which a user name signifies physical fitness, while women prefer user names indicating risk-taking. The joint data analysis, by researchers with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Texas, found that choosing internet dating handles that begin with a letter in the first half of the alphabet is as important as uploading a flattering profile pic or crafting the perfect introductory headline."Initial interest was best captured through: a desirable screen name starting with a letter in the top half of the alphabet; an attractive still picture; and a fluent headline message," the paper says.Screen names beginning in the top half of the alphabet may spell success in dating, according to the researchers. researchers have previously described this phenomenon as "alphabetical discrimination," and note that lists are often in alphabetical order.That’s because high achievers with names nearer to the beginning of the alphabet have been linked to educational attainment and higher incomes. "Those in the lower quarter of the alphabet will be lost in the bottom of the pile if you start at the top," the Queen Mary and University of Texas team wrote. Negative associations from words such as "Little" or “Bugg" should be avoided in screen names, the British and American researchers said, though they said playful-sounding names such as "Fun2bwith" appeared to be effective.Spurred on by the optimism that the New Year brings, 1 million Britons are expected to get online for a date today - the first day back in the office after the Christmas break.
And if some of the gentlemen above could be accused of not thinking about their username enough, then maybe some of the ladies are, well, pondering it to the point of sheer madness. After careful consideration, a close friend of mine chose Zesty Lemon as her handle, because she thought it summed up her cheerful, sassy personality. Your username and picture are the first things that people see, so think about what that name conveys to people who don’t know you.
Word to the wise, and also to you: hold off on using derogatory terms to refer to women till at least the second date.
Thanks S, for being the voice of reason and drawing that conversation to a close.
According to new research from dating app Happn, your name could make you seem more attractive to the opposite sex.
If so, we imagine you’re doing something a little bit like this right now…