Is your name screwing up your love life?

.

People with unpopular names received notably less attention on online dating sites:

Can negative first names cause interpersonal neglect? Study 1 (N = 968) compared extremely negatively named online-daters with extremely positively named online-daters. Study 2 (N = 4,070) compared less extreme groups—namely, online-daters with somewhat unattractive versus somewhat attractive first names. Study 3 (N = 6,775) compared online-daters with currently popular versus currently less popular first names, while controlling for name-popularity at birth. Across all studies, negatively named individuals were more neglected by other online-daters, as indicated by fewer first visits to their dating profiles. This form of neglect arguably mirrors a name-based life history of neglect, discrimination, prejudice, or even ostracism. Supporting this argument, neglect mediated the relation between negative names and lower self-esteem, more frequent smoking, and less education. These results are consistent with the name-based interpersonal neglect hypothesis: Negative names evoke negative interpersonal reactions, which in turn influence people’s life outcomes for the worse.

Source: “Unfortunate First Names: Effects of Name-Based Relational Devaluation and Interpersonal Neglect” from Social Psychological and Personality Science

Join 25K+ readers. Get a free weekly update via email here.

Related posts:

Does your name affect your salary?

Can your name determine whether you’re successful or not?

What’s the strongest predictor of whether a woman will take her husband’s name or not?

Share

Subscribe to the newsletter

Over 500,000 people have subscribed to my newsletter. Join now and get the beginning of my new book free:

I want to subscribe!