But they didn't get enough unsolicited inbound to draw conclusions, unsurprisingly). Also interesting is that when either username was shown alongside his picture on Photofeeler, he scored less than half as attractive when compared to just the photo, with no dating username at all.
If you make your username with plain, generic sounding words, you're going to have a plain, generic sounding user name. The most important quality of an effective dating username is how well it relates to your lead photo.
If you use bold, colorful, imaginative words, you better believe that username is going to pop. Your username and lead photo should compliment each other.
If you're worried that an otherwise great username sounds too outrageous, or too different from who you really are, try it out on your profile for a test run, and see how women respond. A bit of facial hair never hurts, and the stylish scarf adds a touch panache. (Joe's a stock photo, in case you were wondering)I uploaded Joe's picture to a photo scoring website called photofeeler.
If it really feels cringe inducing, change it later. The stress of not having a cool name you're totally in love with just might motivate your creative energies faster than if you sit on the sidelines, waiting for that perfect username to pop into your head. It's a tool my company uses sometimes, when we can't agree on which photo looks best for one of our members.
To kick things off, I chose a picture of a guy doing all the right things for a dating photo. It's not perfect, but it's good for gauging general sentiment.