To kick things off, I chose a picture of a guy doing all the right things for a dating photo. It's not perfect, but it's good for gauging general sentiment.For now, I just want to understand what women's general impression is of this guy. Here's what I got back: Now that we have a baseline understanding of Joe's attractiveness, I made 2 copies of the exact same dating profile, on the 3 biggest dating sites where usernames are still used; Okcupid, Plenty Of Fish, and Match.When you're on a faster paced dating app, like Tinder or Bumble (which don't have usernames, they display Facebook first name), it's more beneficial to be a tad outrageous, in an effort to grab her attention.And definitely ignore corporate Thinking up a great username for dating can, and should take time.And I've seen usernames that dudes thought were hilarious, but actually terrible ideas (Statutory Ape..takers, ladies? Working from a sample size of under 1000 men, I don't have perfect data. A missed opportunity, and playing to a narrow audience who respond to the 1 dimensional approach.But I have learned quite a bit over the years about what goes into a great dating name. This username plays to the mans ability and power, without coming across as conceited or arrogant. With surfing being one of the most attractive keywords a guy can include on his dating profile, this username is on the right track.Jot down your best ideas, and let them percolate in your mind for a day or 2.
Keep in mind these examples work best for traditional dating websites.Keep in mind Okcupid will only allow you to change your username once per month.So get it right the first time, or you'll need to start over with a new profile.If you're worried that an otherwise great username sounds too outrageous, or too different from who you really are, try it out on your profile for a test run, and see how women respond. A bit of facial hair never hurts, and the stylish scarf adds a touch panache. (Joe's a stock photo, in case you were wondering)I uploaded Joe's picture to a photo scoring website called photofeeler.If it really feels cringe inducing, change it later. The stress of not having a cool name you're totally in love with just might motivate your creative energies faster than if you sit on the sidelines, waiting for that perfect username to pop into your head. It's a tool my company uses sometimes, when we can't agree on which photo looks best for one of our members.