What’s In A Name?

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If you’re looking for a serious relationship, tell me if you’d answer this dating online personals ad:

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Hi there! I was looking at your profile and was really impressed that you’ve been sky diving before. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t yet found the courage. I’d love to speak with you about your experience with it sometime!

No. You wouldn’t. Actually, on second thought, change that ‘No’ to a ‘No way in the world.’ It’s a perfectly respectable and well-spoken message. It shows that you have similar interests and that he’s take the time to read your profile, not just glance at your display picture. So why wouldn’t you answer it? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that his display name is “LiKez-iT-HaRd-n-rUfF-69.”

When you sign up for an online dating site, the username is one of the first things they get you to choose. Because it’s so early in the process, a lot of people bypass it without a second thought, writing anything that first comes to their mind.

The first thing people see when they look at your profile is your username. It’s not just something you log in with, it’s what countless people on the site are going to judge you on.

I read this morning that Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest is in the middle of changing his name to World Peace, and the media is already judging him. Both his birth name and his new chosen name are trending topics on Twitter, and people all over the world are putting in their two cents on the matter. Why? Because what’s in a name is very reflective of your character, and when you have the opportunity to choose it yourself, people are going to judge you on it.

Choosing a display name is an important step in the online dating process and should be given plenty of thought before settling on one. It’s your first chance to make a good impression, so to your best!


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