In a recent study by German dating site eDarling.de, they found Kevin and Dennis the least likely names to attract responses from the female dating population amongst its membership. Guys, if you’re reading this, head down under as the Kiwis have no such aversion to your monikers.
If, on the other hand, your name is Barry, you’d be better advised to stay in the northern hemisphere as the Bazza’s of this world had no luck whatsoever on the dating sites New Zealand had to offer.
Hang on, Barry, Kevin and Dennis – it’s the cast from Auf wiedersehn, Pet, innit? Mmm, suppose The Kiwis are close to Oz. Ah, well – on with the show…
Hot Rods and blistering Brads
If, on the other hand, you were lucky enough to be christened Rod or Brad, you were more or less guaranteed to have your response at least read by an anxious single awaiting your contact. Having your messages opened, however, was not necessarily the be all and end all, according to findsomeone’s manager, Rick Davies.
Rick concocted an algorithm that deduced, from the amount of mail traffic and the number of smiles (beats having a wink, I guess) someone received what were the hot names, the cool (as in frigid) ones, but also those that experienced the most success. The results prove conclusively that the name is not the only factor and that, how articulate or funny you are and what you have in your dating profile, does count.
Of all the male names in the country, Cameroon Cameron took the biscuit for the best pulling name across the dating site for 2011; this was based on the fact that, once they’d been contacted, they were seen on the dating site no more. Leaving the rest to feed off the crumbs, no doubt.
However, victorious names did alter from state to state. In Wellington, for example, the Daniels really put the boot into the Barry’s, whereas the Fiona’s left the Angela’s sole-destroyed.
Nationally, for the ladies event, Mel just pipped Tina to first spot as the most likely name to actually findsomeone, although the guys found Becky to be the hottest, having the highest ratio of responses to online dating contact.
The camera never lies
Joining Barry as the most spurned members from the female half of the dating site was Jacqueline; however, Davies did have some advice for all of those who appeared on the least-wanted lists. And that was to give yourself maximum exposure. Your name may be off-putting to the dating site community but if you’re picture perfect, then upload a gallery of yourself.
He went on to underline the fact that any success, whether it is what you scribe in your dating profile or the quality of your show-reel of photos, it’s all about advertising yourself.
His results also indicated that ill-written or -conceived grammar could be a barrier to your dating success. Poor punctuation often failed to get a response, as did sleaze. Rather, the emphasis was about getting things right, from the profile, up. Good advice to anyone considering having a crack at online dating!