Finding true online love lies just in your screen name

April 4th, 2008 - 4:56 pm ICT by admin  

London, Apr 4 (ANI): Its all in the name, it seems, if youre hunting for love on the Internet. A new research has suggested that while dating online, people should take care of what screen name they use, in order to maximize their digital appeal.

According to the study, playful and flirtatious names such as fun2bwith or imsweet were ranked top by both men and women daters as those they would most like to contact.

Physical descriptors such as cutie or blueeyes were close behind.

These names suggest an outgoing or fun nature, or clarify the users positive physical appearance, Times Online quoted Dr Monica Whitty, a lecturer in cyber-psychology at Nottingham Trent University and co-author of the paper, as saying.

These types of screen names may go some way to making up for the major drawback with Internet dating not being able to see for sure what people look like.

However she advised female lonely hearts to avoid screen names, which attempt to be classy, or show how clever they are.

According to the study, male daters would less likely to contact screen names such as wellread or welleducated, although the research found that women were more drawn to names that suggested men were cultured.

Less flirtatious names may be more appealing to women because they are wary of men who might be using the site to find one-night stands rather than long-term relationships, said Whitty.

Straightforward or plain names such as smith24 or justme were also considered less appealing.

But bottom of the heap for both men and women came names denoting wealth such as wealthyandwise, lovemyporsche or entrepreneur.

This was a very surprising finding. We believe wealthy-sounding names fared poorly because showing off about ones wealth from the outset might reflect a superficial personality or deceit, said Whitty.

The finding will be presented at the British Psychological Societys annual conference in Dublin. (ANI)

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