L here and ready to bring you the scoop from the internet dating websites. I may be one year older as of a few days ago, but I’m as immature and judgmental as ever.Which is why I’d like to use our time today to judge fellow online daters on one thing: their usernames.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.Before we get to the findings, some caveats: these are generalities. And maybe these tips will land you more first dates, but it’s unclear whether these are the kinds of first dates you want.DO: BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT YOUR USERNAME People gloss over this one too often, and maybe it’s because we’re in a time when people tend to use their real names, or variations thereof, in many of their online interactions. Remember back to when picking your AIM username was a serious task?
(So, the username “LEANING_IN_AND_LOVIN_IT” should still be okay, right?As fascinating as the underlying activity is, when you make it sound like your life revolves around it, it automatically makes you sound less interesting to many, if not most, of the readers of your profile. Don’t Be Afraid to Use an Abstract Term for your Username Such usernames as “primitivelogic”, “invinitehorizon”, “originunknown” “appletart”, or “3_olives” or any other abstract words that come from astronomy, biology, geography, philosophy or even the kitchen might not be the most intriguing usernames out there, but they also doesn’t hurt your profile and don’t make you sound lame.A somewhat unclear or mysterious username would also make the reader of your profile want to find out why you chose that kind of username.) Another tip, per professor and study author Khalid Khan: “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,” he said in a release.