Friday 20 April 2018

The ABC of finding true love online

FORGET tall, dark, handsome or even GSOH - if you want romance to flourish online your best bet is to have a name starting with A or B.

Choosing a screen name that's in the top half of the alphabet is as important as an attractive photo in the online dating game, according to a new study published in the journal 'Evidence Based Medicine' today.

Would-be daters should also avoid online names with negative connotations such as 'Little' or 'Bug' and instead opt for playful ones such as 'Fun2bwith', it found.

The somewhat depressing news for women that even when it comes to a name, men will be more drawn to one that implies physical attractiveness such as 'Blondie' or 'Cutie'.

Women, meanwhile, will be more drawn to names that signal intelligence such as 'Cultured'.

The study - led by researchers at the University of London's School of Medicine - pooled findings from 86 reports worldwide in the fields of psychology, sociology, computer and neurocognitive science to see what worked best for getting a date online.

An attractive photo was essential and surprisingly a group photo with you at the centre will convey your friendliness, importance and status. And when it comes to humour, show don't tell. A witty profile will work better than a 'GSOH'.

Irish Independent

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