Finding love online can be tough – especially if you’re called Kevin or Justin.
Researchers say that people using dating websites are less likely to pursue a relationship with someone called Mandy, Justin, Chantal or Kevin, because the names are all associated with troublemaking. Alexanders, Charlottes and Jacobs fare far better, they said.
Psychologists at the Humboldt University in Berlin reached the conclusions after testing how often 47,000 dating site members would open messages from English-sounding suitors.
‘Mails sent from an Alexander were clicked on 102 per cent more times than those from a Kevin,’ said the study’s leader, Jochen Gebauer.
‘Single people would seem to prefer to remain alone than meet up with someone called Kevin or Chantal.’
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A further two studies involving around 4,000 and 6,000 people being offered a greater selection of names produced similar results.
So if your name is Kevin or Mandy and you’re having trouble getting a date blame your parents and consider changing your name by deed poll!