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.
Although 53 percent of usernames in Herring's survey included a number, very few of the numbers seemed to have personal meaning.
"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.
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.
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.
“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.