With Online Dating Your Profile Name or Username is Important
Our UK Online Dating Advice Tips Survey says our name or ‘username’ could be the key to success with Free Online Dating Websites. researchers have said this is as important as an attractive photo.
Research has highlighted that while women respond to names indicating intelligence, men go for names suggesting physical attractiveness.
Using humour in a clever way can also give you an edge on any UK Online Dating Site.
The research, led by Prof Khan from Queen Mary University London, investigated how men and women could get the most out of online dating and improve their chances of setting up a face to face Coffee Shop Meeting.
To find out, the team looked at the results of more than 80 studies on the art of attraction and persuasion.
What’s in a name?
Creating a profile is the first requirement of using any Top Free Online Dating Site and this review found that your profile name or ‘username’ is also very important.
For example, usernames with negative connotations, such as Little or Bug, are often linked with inferiority while playful screen names, like Fun2bwith, are more attractive.
Men are more likely to respond to screen names which indicate physical attractiveness, eg Blondie, Cutie, whereas women go for names that indicate intelligence, such as Cultured.
When it comes to the photo to accompany the profile, there are various things to consider.
“A genuine smile, one that crinkles up your eyes, will make a good first impression,” the paper advises.
For women, a slight tilt of the head and wearing red can also enhance attractiveness.
The right kind of group photos are also desirable.
They should show other people having a good time in your company, preferably with you right in the middle of the action and touching someone else – but only on the upper arm. These will help to convey your friendliness and status.
Women, however, find a man more attractive when they see other women smiling at him.
Don’t show off
In the profile description itself, the advice is to be honest and positive about yourself, combining details of who you are and what you are looking for.
Prof Khan said: “Staying close to reality is the most important thing. People think they have to portray themselves as superheroes, but the opposite is actually true.”
It is worth bearing in mind that men and women respond to different personality traits too.
“Men prefer physical fitness in women gained via yoga, aerobics and gym, not via rugby and bodybuilding, while women prefer bravery, courage and a willingness to take risks rather than kindness and altruism in their partners.”
Using humour “can give the edge”, he says, but it is preferable to write in a clever or humorous way rather than telling people you are hilarious.
Once you have reached the stage of communicating with a potential mate online, the researchers provide some helpful tips getting to the next stage – the first face-to-face date.
Firstly, ask open questions, don’t write lengthy essays and do reply promptly.
If there is webcam contact, smile, don’t slouch and end every conversation on a positive note or with a positive revelation about yourself.
But they also say not to leave it more than three weeks before arranging a meeting.
All these strategies can be time-consuming, the paper says, but they are ultimately worth it and the end game is always hoping your date will say Come Up for a Coffee.
The paper concludes: “There do not appear to be shortcuts in successfully converting electronic contact with innumerable potential dates into a face to face encounter with one.”