Not only will this new moniker become tied to your online identity, it will affect other people's perception of you, much like how your hair and clothes might during an in-person meeting.
Your handle might even affect the results of your job search or dating profile if it refers to something racy or inappropriate.
Screen names beginning in the top half of the alphabet may spell success in dating, according to the researchers. researchers have previously described this phenomenon as "alphabetical discrimination," and note that lists are often in alphabetical order.
That’s because high achievers with names nearer to the beginning of the alphabet have been linked to educational attainment and higher incomes. "Those in the lower quarter of the alphabet will be lost in the bottom of the pile if you start at the top," the Queen Mary and University of Texas team wrote. Negative associations from words such as "Little" or “Bugg" should be avoided in screen names, the British and American researchers said, though they said playful-sounding names such as "Fun2bwith" appeared to be effective.
Jot down a few of your favorite things and consider your job or career aspirations, favorite foods, celebrities, sports teams, movies... However, be very careful not to give away too much information.
"Those embarking on this medium can use the evidence-based approach from the outset," the researchers wrote.
"Those already registered should update the profile.
There are other considerations to take into account in choosing the right name.
The researchers said men are more drawn to names indicating physical attractiveness, such as "Blondie" or "Cutie," whereas women prefer to chase would-be dates that have names denoting intelligence, such as "Cultured." The British researchers outlined a few other considerations and suggestions to maximize dating success online: How should online daters employ the British team's findings?