I have a membership with an online dating site. I’m not very good about following up with potential suitors though. I’m not sure what my problem is. I do a great job of convincing myself that I am waaaay too busy to date. So more often than not, I just browse.
While I’m sure there are some very genuine men on this site, I am often left shaking my head and wondering what some of the others are thinking.
When you are on the online dating scene your screen name and profile picture are your first impression. So, when one or both of those are iffy, suspicious, or cheesy, you have lost your chance, with me anyway.
I will admit that I tend to over-analyze and am guilty of easily casting someone aside due to a minuscule flaw, but tell me, would the following screen names reel you in?
Here is a sampling of the names that men aged 35-45 have given themselves.
TheTank - When I see TheTank, my mind yells “aka TheLoser”. You are supposedly looking for a woman to date and you choose your old football name to lure her?
TheBenster – All I can imagine is room full of fraternity guys yelling out The Benster! Which would have been great 20 years ago, really, I would have been all over that! Not so much now.
Mindify_Joinu – I hate everything about this name. At first glance it’s a bit of a riddle because it takes a second or two to decipher. Is this supposed to be a hint that this guy is a mysterious riddle in real life? It just thoroughly creeps me out.
CaptainRight – Really? I will most certainly not be boarding that ship.
SingleAgainJim – Oh my gosh. Jim, this is an awful name. You sound soooo worn out and depressed. As in Single A-gain Jim.
F33lingMys3lf – Yes, the number “3″ was inserted in place of the letter “E”. I have no idea why? Maybe it’s another riddle, but this one is strange, to say the least. And what kind of name is Feeling Myself? Very wrong.
JustBid – Oh? That’s it? So what you’re saying is that you are the prize and if I play my cards right, you are all mine? No thanks.
IllegallyYours – He is gross, you can just tell. And the first line of his profile reads “She must be intelligent – NOT!”. Do people still say “Not’? This guy is an ass in every way possible.
EnchantedArms – Maybe this kind of thing works with some women. Maybe some women get easily wooed by a cheesy “romantic” name. For me, it has the complete opposite effect.
And so, a hint of a few of the fish that are in my sea. In all fairness, of course, some of these men might be really great guys, but I’ll never know. I have a weeding out process, and the profile name is step one.
What sort of intriguing name do I have, you might be wondering? Mine hints at me being a teacher. And now that I am thinking about it, it could be construed as me trying to claim to be a teacher, if you catch my drift. Perhaps I need to rethink my own first impression. This attempting to date business is not easy.