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What's In A 'Screen Name'?” Attractiveness of Different Types of Screen Names Used by Online Daters

By Monica T. Whitty and Tom Buchanan

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'International Journal of Internet Science' is an Open Access journal. Articles published in this journal are freely accessible from the publisher's website.This paper examined whether different types of screen names offer advantages when it comes to\ud attracting a partner on dating sites. In the pilot study, we conducted a content analysis of real screen names to\ud develop a typology of screen names. In the main study, we explored whether the typology predicted online\ud daters’ ratings of names, and compared the types of names that appealed to men and to women. Men more than\ud women were attracted to screen names that indicated physical attractiveness, and women more than men were\ud attracted to screen names that indicated intelligence or were neutral. Similarly, men more than women were\ud motivated to contact screen names which indicated physical attractiveness and women more than men were more\ud motivated to contact screen names which indicated intellectual characteristics or were neutral. These findings\ud indicate that different types of screen names may elicit different reactions.Peer-reviewedPublisher Versio

Topics: Online dating, Internet dating, screen names, attraction, gender differences, Internet relationship
Publisher: University of Zurich
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9745
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