Most people reading this post remember old school America Online before it was the now popular AOL. The dialing of the modem, the beeping fax-ish sound of a successful connection and the joy you felt when you heard, "Welcome! You've got mail!" However, America Online played a much more valuable role in our lives: our screennames, our alter egos -- the pseudonyms for who we are. Let's face it -- your AIM name, if remotely creative, told a quick story of your personal interests.
Dating profile names are not much different. If you're participating in the online dating game, choosing a screenname is just as, if not more, important as choosing your online dating name. I did the online dating thing for a while. Through it, I got interesting dating stories to share and a wide variety of men to analyze.
Perhaps the worst thing, to me, about online dating is the fact that you must judge a book by its cover in the initial phase. There's no other choice. You're reading their profile name and looking at their pictures and from those two pieces of information alone, you're deciding if you want to move forward. Maybe that's not the way it is for everyone, but that's certainly the way it was for me and my friends.
My dating site drug of choice: JDate. That said, I've compiled a list of JDate screennames and what they said to me. Please note: This is an actual list and it's very possible that these suitors (though many years later) are still active members.
Full disclosure: These JDate names take the cake. They make me giggle every time I read them.
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