DO: BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT YOUR USERNAME People gloss over this one too often, and maybe it’s because we’re in a time when people tend to use their real names, or variations thereof, in many of their online interactions. Remember back to when picking your AIM username was a serious task?It was your identity, your marker, and you’d better be happy with picking “DMX123” because you could be stuck with it for years.When picking a username, opt for incorporating more desirable traits rather than ones with negative connotations, the researchers wrote.Stay away from words like “little” or “bugg” in them, as they “are often associated with inferiority,” the study noted.“The profile should have a balance between comprehensive honesty and positive self-presentation because its validity will be put to test in future face-to-face interactions.” MORE READING: The United States of online dating profiles Everything you ever wanted to know about love, in 25 maps and charts PSA: Dating apps can give you viruses, too.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!
Humor can give you the edge, but as they say in journalism, show, don’t tell.
“This is because a toucher is perceived to be of higher status than the one touched.” Status, cool, got it.
DON’T: ONLY TALK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE Ah, yes, the written word.
They published their findings this week in the journal Evidence Based Medicine.
Before we get to the findings, some caveats: these are generalities. And maybe these tips will land you more first dates, but it’s unclear whether these are the kinds of first dates you want.