Until I click on the profile, I’m free to daydream about the person on the other end of the wink. Consider having some fun wordplay with your name or initials—Grish references a friend of hers named Alia, who lives in California and chose the catchy CAliafornia as her handle.Could it be a blue-eyed guy with a quirky sense of humor? There is nothing wrong with Mr Nosferatu’s profile—he seems nice, has a solid job, cute pictures, and no visible scars. We’d go to an Italian restaurant (with lots of garlic items on the menu), and I’d carry a pointed stick in my little black tote, in case he tried to get, er, fresh after dinner. Dating is enough of a challenge without trying to figure out if your dinner partner is a member of the Undead! A few days pass, and I got emails from several cute guys with normal, friendly usernames. In just 11 letters, Alia manages to convey that she’s fun, witty, and proud to be a West Coaster. L here and ready to bring you the scoop from the internet dating websites. I may be one year older as of a few days ago, but I’m as immature and judgmental as ever.Which is why I’d like to use our time today to judge fellow online daters on one thing: their usernames.I don’t attribute this to an alignment of stars, to the mercy of the web gods and goddesses, or even to OKC’s algorithm, which supposedly uses questions such as “What’s worse, book burning or flag burning? Instead, I chalk up my positive online dating experiences -- which, with the exception of a brazen date who rudely shushed fellow theatergoers (referred to amongst my friends henceforth as “the shusher”), has been without horror stories -- to my careful evaluation of a potential match’s username before arranging a date.Puns and hyper-masculine references were mostly no-gos.
Much more appealing were earnest self-depictions or vague, consciously nonsensical noun mish-mashes.
I gently suggested that she might be overthinking it. So many names—and only one chance to make a first online impression. First off, remember what the purpose of all of this is.
It happened a year ago, but we’re still teasing her about it.
On my fourth or fifth date arranged through OKCupid I met my current boyfriend, who happens to be the most communicative, fun, and kind person I’ve met, online or off.
I’ll spare you the gush-fest; suffice it to say we’re an awesome match.
James Needham III- So you know how I just said it’s really dumb to use your first and last name? And to those people I say, “I hope you are not going on a job interview any time soon.” Notlookingforsluts- Oh hello, nice guy of Okcupid!