Whitty, Monica T. and Buchanan, Tom (2010) What's in a screen name? Attractiveness of different types of screen names used by online daters. International Journal of Internet Science, 5 (1). pp. 5-19. ISSN 1662-5544Full text not available from this repository.
This paper examined whether different types of screen names offer advantages when it comes to attracting a partner on dating sites. In the pilot study, we conducted a content analysis of real screen names to develop a typology of screen names. In the main study, we explored whether the typology predicted online daters' ratings of names, and compared the types of names that appealed to men and to women. Men more than women were attracted to screen names that indicated physical attractiveness, and women more than men were attracted to screen names that indicated intelligence or were neutral. Similarly, men more than women were motivated to contact screen names which indicated physical attractiveness and women more than men were more motivated to contact screen names which indicated intellectual characteristics or were neutral. These findings indicate that different types of screen names may elicit different reactions.
|Subjects:||University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Depositing User:||Miss Nina Watts|
|Date Deposited:||15 Jul 2010 13:40|
|Last Modified:||11 Jun 2012 14:59|
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