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"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.

I don’t attribute this to an alignment of stars, to the mercy of the web gods and goddesses, or even to OKC’s algorithm, which supposedly uses questions such as “What’s worse, book burning or flag burning? Instead, I chalk up my positive online dating experiences -- which, with the exception of a brazen date who rudely shushed fellow theatergoers (referred to amongst my friends henceforth as “the shusher”), has been without horror stories -- to my careful evaluation of a potential match’s username before arranging a date.

Puns and hyper-masculine references were mostly no-gos.

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.

My first, chosen for a dial-up Compu Serve account, was Pool Princess6030, a blatant ripoff of my BFF's moniker, sport2040.

But I’ve since become a more deliberate person (read: adult human) and tend to think my usernames align with my personality.

This frees up users to get inventive; names now include "profession, interests, personal attributes and attitudes, and what the user is seeking or promising," according to Herring.

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.

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.

She conducted a small study to determine whether there are trends in username choice, and whether the way we choose usernames has changed since Internet’s nascent days.

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