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Everyone's doing it, but not everyone is getting lucky. Learn how to ace internet dating with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Dating goals
Consider the gender you're trying to attract with your dating profile. Women may be more likely to contact someone whose username indicates they're well read and cultured, whereas one researcher found that men were less likely to choose someone with such a moniker.
Weigh sexy versus serious
Choosing a flirty -- but not graphic -- username will get you more hits than going with a plain-sounding one. Both sexes are also attracted to usernames that describe physical attributes.
Make yourself sound fun
Make yourself sound like fun; both sexes are more likely to contact members with a playful, friendly username.
Watch the adjectives
Don't use adjectives like "wild," "shy," or "zany." Taken out of context, they can make you sound like too much of an oddball.
Don't typecast yourself
Try not to typecast yourself with a username that indicates a niche hobby or interest. It may help you meet like-minded people, but think of all the people who won't pick you just because they don't share that one interest.
Avoid usernames that indicate you're wealthy. Researchers were surprised to discover that this usually backfires with both sexes: At worst, people think you're lying; at best, they think you're materialistic. Save your showing off, money-wise, for the first date.