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They were, to me, the pseudonym equivalent of a cheesy pickup line.Much more appealing were earnest self-depictions or vague, consciously nonsensical noun mish-mashes.Based on these tags, she was able to draw a few conclusions about usernames, how men and women differ in choosing them, and how choosing usernames has changed since the advent of the Internet.Because it draws on a smallish sample size, the study is neither comprehensive nor definitive.It does, however, illuminate broader trends about how our online language use has changed over time.“Females tend to include more personal attributes in their usernames,” Herring says.“Moreover, the kinds of attributes they mention differ from those mentioned by men.” While "cuddly," "silly," "sweet," and "faithful" were all used in the women’s profiles she surveyed, men gravitated towards "sexy," "cool," "mellow," and "great."According to Herring's survey, usernames on OKCupid are an average of 10.5 characters.
"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.
"My impression is that many of the real names on these platforms are used out of a lack of imagination, since real names aren’t required or expected," Herring said. "Several male names and one female name incorporated nonstandard orthography characteristic of casual Internet communication," Herring said.
This includes subbing in "1"s for "i"s, but also riffs on the AOL chatroom trope of suffixing a username with "4u".
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.