When it comes to the headline message, don't use complex language in the belief that it will make you look more intelligent. People are naturally drawn to words that are easy to remember and pronounce, and ease of information processing increases likeability, the analysis shows."If you can get the potential date to stop and think about your headline message, increasing the exposure time to your primary photo, this will increase their liking [of you]," point out the researchers.That's because several measures of success, such as educational attainment and income are linked to names higher up the alphabet, added to which search engines sort names alphabetically.But choose carefully, say the researchers, who recommend looking at the profiles of other people you find attractive and using a similar screen name to theirs.The company explained its decision in a blog post today, saying that OKCupid handles are “a pain to come up with and a pain to remember.” The change starts with a test group, then rolls out to everyone by the end of 2017.“Like the recent goodbye we said to AIM screen names, it’s time to keep up with the times,” the post says.Once interest has been piqued: Do personalise any email invitations to correspond online Do make it short and sweet Don't be afraid to use poetry, preferably rhyming with the potential date's headline Once contact has been made: Do ask open questions Do respond promptly: eagerness is not turn-off Don't write screeds, but enough to indicate generosity with time Do introduce humour Do disclose some personal information Don't sell yourself as a rare commodity that is worth having If on a webcam: Do smile Do mimic body language Don't slouch Do pay genuine compliments, but don't flatter Don't portray yourself as perfect: it arouses suspicion Do end every conversation on a positive note/with a positive revelation about yourself And finally, don't leave it too long before arranging a face to face meeting. "Screen name matters with online dating: One starting with a letter in top half of alphabet makes a difference." Science Daily. In a world where the majority of children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better. Dating site OKCupid is trading its user pseudonyms for a real-name policy.
Choosing a screen name with a letter starting in the top half of the alphabet is as important as an attractive photo and a fluent headline in the online dating game, reveals an analysis of the best ways of finding love in the digital world, and published online in the journal The researchers wanted to find out what approaches would maximise the chances of converting online contact between men and women into that all-important first face to face meeting, using published research on the art of attraction and persuasion.A few recall meeting people specifically because they had interesting usernames, and others worry that their unusual first names will expose their identity, making them vulnerable to stalking or harassment.One person says they just entered their old username as their first name.It goes without saying that an attractive photo is essential.But be sure to include one that features a genuine smile that crinkles up the eyes, and possibly a tilt of the head....OKCupid seems likely to frown on that practice, but it seems plausible that plenty of people will use fake first names of some sort, unless it starts requiring a link to a Facebook profile.Using real first names is standard on newer dating sites like Tinder.“We hope that you can instead use your profile to give people an insight into your interests, rather than a made-up monicker.” Users will need to update their profile with real names, although OKCupid doesn’t say anything about verifying identities, and the signup page currently only asks for a first name.You just can’t go by “Britney__Tears,” “Daddyz Princess29,” or “Bread_Time,” to name a few (lightly modified) usernames it listed.The study findings were pooled and synthesised to come up with a list of dos and don'ts for online dating, from creating a profile to making an approach.They found that the screen name chosen for an online profile is important.