By the time singles sign up to a dating service, surely most of them will have done enough research or asking friends to realize the importance of having a strong personal profile? In order to stand out from the crowd, you’ll need to have a description which draws site users in, spellbound by your personality, exciting hobbies and, of course, that eye-catching profile photo. But what is often overlooked is the most basic decision of all – the username you choose. This seemingly insignificant detail can be crucial in determining your success or failure in attracting dates.
How your username transmits an instant message
Why does your username carry so much weight? It’s really a no-brainer. This is the very first impression of you any prospective date will receive. When you appear in chat rooms or messages, this handle will create an instant picture, long before they find out about your personality. Although it can be tricky to distill some sort of sense of your character into a limited character account, it’s certainly possible.
It all depends on what sort of impression you are trying to make. What would Cute_Gal say about the user? It might conjure an image of a bubbly, younger female, perhaps someone who isn’t really getting into online dating looking for anything long-term. While this will attract potential partners seeking no-strings-attached encounters, it could deter site visitors searching for a serious relationship.
Surveys have found the type of username most likely to provoke a favorable response are more subtle ones, such as any including ‘love’ or ‘fun.’ Much further down the list comes ‘sexy’ or ‘hottie’ – even although so many people get into Internet dating because being able to arrange intimacy via their web browsers is a turn-on, they don’t want to be reminded of the fact so blatantly!
Don’t try and force humor
It would be worth underscoring, subtlety is far more preferable to trying to turn your username into some kind of jokey calling card. So even if you do consider yourself as having an excellent sense of humor, don’t call yourself something along the lines of ‘TheFunBoy’ or ‘Joker123.’ This aspect of your personality is one which potential partners can certainly find out all about as they get to know you better. But seeing it as your username will only make them think of someone immature, who isn’t taking this whole online relationship thing too seriously.
In amongst all the generic usernames using obvious dating terms, such as ‘sweet,’ ‘guy,’ ‘girl,’ and so on, you’ll make yourself stick out more if you can somehow manage to describe an aspect of yourself, such as a hobby: ‘JennySalsaQueen’ ‘ScubaDaryl.’ The key aspects to keep in mind are you need to sound interesting, so try and think a little bit more imaginatively than ‘Jonathan123,’ which could be the name a scientist gives to a prototype robot. If you can also manage to convey a sense of fun, all the better.
As mentioned previously, steer clear of using the word ‘sex’ anywhere in the username, but do think in terms of appearing flirty. When it comes to suggesting intimacy, this is part of online dating which will unfold at a natural pace as you develop chemistry with a particular site user who has caught your eye. You really want to stay clear of someone who has created an account under the handle ‘TonyJock69.’ Many people might have a one-track mind when it comes to signing up to a dating site, but advertising the fact is a bit sad.