By Mark O’Neill
If you’re looking to strike lucky in online dating, you should take great care in what username you use. That’s the conclusion of a new research which will be presented to the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Dublin today.
It seems that cute cuddly names like “fun2bwith” or “i’msweet” are the top choices, while materialistic ones like “wealthyandwise”, “lovemyporsche” or “entrepreneur” are big turn-offs. I wonder how geeky ones like “defragmyharddrive” would get on then?
I’ve had a bit of experience with online dating before I settled down with my current partner, Monika. I met Monika through Yahoo Chat but before she and I met, the rest of the online dating was a complete and utter disaster. One woman announced to me on our first meeting that we were engaged to be married, that the church was booked and she had already told her parents, while another told me that there was an “eerie glow around me” and perhaps I should consider exorcism. I was about to double-check that I hadn’t stumbled into the “Lunatics Central” chatroom when Monika popped in, we ended up talking for 4 hours and… well, many years later, we’re still together.
Do any of you have online dating stories you’d like to share? Any tips, secrets, disasters? Did you meet the love of your life via the keyboard? Do you know someone who did? What was YOUR username on the dating site?