Of course, you can't exactly change your name for your dating profile (actually you can, but it is highly frowned upon), but some online sites do let you create your own.
And while you could just choose Brianna or Brett as your alias, the CBC reports that creative names that start with a letter in the first half of the alphabet are more likely to get noticed.
As someone who has been an online dating coach since 2003, I’d venture to guess that I’ve not only seen more usernames than just about anyone on the planet, but I’ve written more of them as well.
And when your ideal partner is scrolling through hundreds of names – Sally102, Jen NYC1, Lawyer Gal – a great username can be the very reason that someone contacts you. And you become convinced that usernames don’t matter. In my opinion, a username should be a pun or a play on words. Wine Not – for the wine aficionado Lady Go Go – for the world traveler Bach To Bach – for the classical music enthusiast Tender Legal – for the soft-hearted lawyer See the common thread?Most people take one of two wrong tacks when coming up with an online dating username: 1) Putting ZERO thought into it: Bill10247, Claire T, Ally Cat 2) Putting minimal thought into it, using a literal description: Tall Doctor, Gorgeous Goddess, Fun2Be Around The problem with these efforts, of course, is not that they’re “bad”, but rather that they’re BORING. All of them are plays off of real names, idioms or catchphrases, which is why they evoke smiles from readers.Because when you’re dating online, which is an extremely competitive medium, you need every advantage you can get.A great username is a differentiator – a unique brand name – something that completely sets you apart from every other person on a dating site.Or maybe those numbers relate to his birthday or that of a family member.
There are many intriguing possibilities that come to mind when you see this name. You can also deduce that he is dedicated to and invested in being a pilot. There’s a lot you can discover from that short screen name.
For women, The Grade notes the names Brianna, Erika, Lexi, Brooke, Vanessa, April, Natalie, Jenna, Molly and Katie were identified as the sexiest.
The hottest names for men, on the other hand, were identified as Brett, Tyler, Corey, Andy, Noah, Shane, Jeffrey, Rob, Frank and Jeff. According to Cosmopolitan, The Grade looked at how the names matched up, noting that men named Mike had a tendency to match with women named Brooke, and women named April appear to be into men named Tom.
Your username in an online dating profile matters more than you might realize.
I know, I know; none of the sites make it clear enough. Don’t create a totally random one that you gave a mere second’s thought!
In Finding the One Online, I give you 7 hours of audio, a 180 page transcript, a 35 page workbook – and tips on everything from choosing the right site, to writing a compelling online dating profile, to taking the right photos, to flirting effectively via email so that every single person will want to meet you in person. What’s the most memorable username you’ve ever seen on a dating site?