You just can’t go by “Britney__Tears,” “Daddyz Princess29,” or “Bread_Time,” to name a few (lightly modified) usernames it listed.In a statement to , a spokesperson said that a name requires at least two letters, with no numbers, symbols, or emojis, and that there’s a list of banned words that won’t qualify.
Users might not feel comfortable sharing that information under a real name, especially if they’ve taken other steps to make themselves unsearchable, like using profile pictures that aren’t on other social media profiles.
OKCupid says it expects that the site won’t lose that openness.
For example, from the study: “genuine, attractive, outgoing, professional female, good sense of humor, into keeping fit, socializing, music and travel, seeks like-minded, good-natured guy to share quality times.” Feel free to copy and paste that, if it fits the bill.
Also, the study notes that men prefer women who are fit through activities such as yoga and going to the gym, and women prefer bravery and risk-taking to kindness and altruism.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London wondered the same thing, so they analyzed previous research on attraction.
They combed through nearly 4,000 studies, settling on analyzing 86, with literature ranging from psychology, sociology, and computer, behavioral and precognitive sciences, to figure out the most effective approaches to digital dating.
(So, the username “LEANING_IN_AND_LOVIN_IT” should still be okay, right?
) Another tip, per professor and study author Khalid Khan: “People are also attracted to those similar to themselves.
Using real first names is standard on newer dating sites like Tinder.
But unlike Tinder, OKCupid encourages long profiles full of intimate details, including candid answers to questions about sex and politics.
They published their findings this week in the journal Evidence Based Medicine.