"Five of 71 men and six of 93 women included their birth year, and two men and two women included the current year, 2015," Herring said.Age, after all, is just a number -- a number that's listed prominently on OKC user pages, so displaying it in a username is a little redundant.“There’s too much variety in the names to really get a sense of whether one particular one affects incoming messages,” he told me in an email.“There are certainly trends -- people append the word 'taco' a lot, but that’s because we suggest it, kind of as a joke.I began with Christian Rudder, OKCupid’s founder and the author of , a book that uses data from the dating site to draw conclusions about message language, message length, depressing discrepancies between male and female age preferences, and more.But he concluded that from a data standpoint, usernames are too unique to draw specific conclusions.My first, chosen for a dial-up Compu Serve account, was Pool Princess6030, a blatant ripoff of my BFF's moniker, sport2040.
I was curious about whether my tendency to critique usernames more harshly than photos was universal, and decided to speak with a linguist about whether or not the language of our online dating avatars says something about who we are.
This includes subbing in "1"s for "i"s, but also riffs on the AOL chatroom trope of suffixing a username with "4u".
Although 53 percent of usernames in Herring's survey included a number, very few of the numbers seemed to have personal meaning.
On my fourth or fifth date arranged through OKCupid I met my current boyfriend, who happens to be the most communicative, fun, and kind person I’ve met, online or off.
I’ll spare you the gush-fest; suffice it to say we’re an awesome match.
A whopping 42 percent of the usernames surveyed by Herring included users' real names, be it first names, last names, or initials.