“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." data-reactid="21"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. “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 Baby Name and author of The Baby Name Wizard.
,” saying it's difficult to navigate the world of dating while sober is an understatement, despite the fact that it's estimated that about 30 percent of all Americans don't consume any alcohol.Yeah, there’s the coffeehouse date, a sober standby, but Lara Frazier, 33, of Dallas, who's been sober for three years, says it’s possible to get more creative.“I think it’s fun to grab coffee, but also to go on a hike or meet at a walking trail. Go people-watch at a public area and just get to know each other,” she says.There are a ton of alternatives to grabbing drinks.When I first got sober, I felt like everything revolved around drinks—after work, on the weekends, and especially during dates.