You can have your hobby which works well if you are looking for someone that enjoys that.

When you are creating your online dating profile, remember to keep your safety in mind too.

Everyone wants an eye-catching username, but exactly whose eye are you catching?

First name makes you more memorable and lets them feel more comfortable when they send you an incoming message.

Easier to say, "Oh hi Juan, loved your profile" than "um hi, liked your profile...."Remember that chicks overanalyze EVERYTHING, so your name choice will be judged.

"Yet here I was, husband hunting and armed with only a handful of half-assed bullet points."Online dating is now the third most common way couples meet, with 30 to 40 percent of singletons logging in to some 1,500 services.

In the marvelously titled (Current), writer Dan Slater tracks a phenomenon that started in 1965 with "computer dating"—essentially a digital compatibility test, dreamed up by two lovelorn Harvard undergrads desperate to meet Radcliffe girls—and mushroomed into an estimated billion a year industry.

According to Slater, it's one of the few business models in which clients' failures are the company's win—the longer we seek, the more money they make.

Aiming to short-circuit this cycle, "e-flirt expert" Laurie Davis' hyperprescriptive (Atria) instructs us in a level of detail that is by turns grating and illuminating on how we should be "marketing our singledom." Here, the authors' best advice on joining—and enjoying—the mixer:1.

A good profile name will make a good first impression that encourages people to read your profile.