Dating profile screen names

When it comes to the ABCs of digital love, success can start with a solid screen name, researchers say.

As for nailing that perfect screen name, it helps to start at the top of the alphabet, according to their newly released analysis.

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.

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That’s because high achievers with names nearer to the beginning of the alphabet have been linked to educational attainment and higher incomes. There are other considerations to take into account in choosing the right name.

The researchers said men are more drawn to names indicating physical attractiveness, such as "Blondie" or "Cutie," whereas women prefer to chase would-be dates that have names denoting intelligence, such as "Cultured."The British researchers outlined a few other considerations and suggestions to maximize dating success online: How should online daters employ the British team's findings?

"Those embarking on this medium can use the evidence-based approach from the outset," the researchers wrote."Those already registered should update the profile.

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