Dating user names
Usernames like Staying Pawwsitive, Britney__Tears, and unicorn_jizz were all called out, with the dating site explaining that they’d like everyone to ditch the numbers, symbols, emoji, sexual words, and, essentially, anything that doesn’t register as a proper name. ‘Good, noble names that took weeks, perhaps months to choose — from Hannah to Jordan to Lady Bird.‘We want you, Big Daddy Flash916, to go by who you are, and not be hidden beneath another layer of mystique.
The irony is that part of Ok Cupid’s decision appears to be an attempt to cut down on trolling, catfishing, and harassment – which makes sense, considering that the site was voted the second worst dating site for harassment last year – when in fact, forcing the use of real names will only help unpleasant people be more unpleasant.Partial usernames are OK, so entering 'joe' will find all members with 'joe' in their usernames.However, things turned out to be more complicated than that.There are many reasons someone may use a creative username in place of their ‘real’ name on dating sites.They may be cheating on the person they’re dating, and need what they’re doing to be kept secret.
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A username can be used as a shorthand to immediately dismiss anyone who doesn’t share the same interests, and connects those who do.