These are all way more eye-catching and curiosity-inducing than your average username.I mostly discourage “descriptive” usernames, like “Fit Swimmer Guy,” because they just sound cheesy, boring, a bit boasty, and kind of outdated.The goal is to blend your sense of humor, possibly an activity or hobby or some esoteric word that in some way relates to you, and combine it all with word play that makes someone go “hmm” (in the good way, not this way) and give you a second look. : The “Cool Guys” part is boring and the rest is borderline creepy/offensive to most gals.

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Maybe you can’t tell, but it’s really hard for me to come up with pretend GOOD examples.

In light of that, I asked a bunch of Ok Cupid users who had decent usernames if I could include them here as examples, so you can get a feel for what works well!

(Again, this is an “only if the shoe fits” example.) : Potentially makes you sound drinky.

But if you live a lifestyle in which you do enjoy whiskey fairly regularly, then that shouldn’t be a problem; the rest of your profile is going to be so well-written and whip-smart that you won’t sound sloppy or alcoholic. (Don’t forget that I can help with that, haha.) Above you have a few examples that I made up to illustrate a point.

Your username in an online dating profile matters more than you might realize.

I know, I know; none of the sites make it clear enough. Don’t create a totally random one that you gave a mere second’s thought!None of them force you really take time to think about that step, or let you fill out the other aspects of your profile while you ponder the all-important “username” field and come back to it once the creative juices are flowing. Check out this link about a JDate user who picked an icky name.I confess I had no idea what “tossed salad” meant, but it turns out it meant something kinda kinky that did not convey what this gal intended.These can be song lyrics, common turns of phrase, pop culture slogans, etc.In ours we have a common gem of wisdom regarding puzzle completion, a phrase from The Lorax, a reference to an old SNL skit, and a co-opted marketing phrase.Also avoid awkward SMS-speak like “u” for “you” and “4” for “for.” You’ll alienate more people than you attract, even if that is in fact how you communicate in short form like text messages or casual emails. Don’t you usually wait until a couple texts in to get that lazy with someone new? All this tells me is that you’re a dude (probably) who’s named Jeremy (probably) who may or may not have been born and/or graduated and/or created this profile in 1987. So don’t just go sticking in the number of your birth year or area code or whatever.