Thursday, December 17, 2015

'The Grade' Finds Hottest Names

The Grade Mobile App
Does your name scream sex god/goddess ... or have more of a modest vibe? According to a new study, certain monikers have an inherently higher hotness quotient than others.

The Grade, a dating app that looks similar to Tinder, sought to find the most "attractive" names for men and women by tallying up the percentage of "yes" and "no" swipes certain names received, drawn from its database of over 100,000 users.

Now, you might be wondering how much influence your name really has on how you’re portrayed, whether it’s in the context of romance or something else. Quite a lot, it turns out.

"We all react to names, whether we realize it or not, and it’s something we can’t turn off," says Laura Wattenberg, founder of and author of 'The Baby Name Wizard.'

"Names are very rich signals, carrying information about someone's age, race, even where they come from, and we process that intel unconsciously." She tosses out the example of two hypothetical couples: Ryan and Ashley, and Mildred and Herman. Based on their names alone, you would instantly form very different impressions of the twosomes.

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