Popular screen names for dating sites
A whopping 42 percent of the usernames surveyed by Herring included users' real names, be it first names, last names, or initials.
She surveyed over 300 usernames on OKCupid, coding them for information relating to the following categories: gendered, real name, numbers, trying to be funny, geographical reference, hobby/interest, profession, sex/love, physical attributes, nonphysical attributes, sentential, “random” words, meaning unclear. I’ve swiped, I’ve messaged, I’ve boldly gone where no right-thinking relationship-seeker has gone before (to see a vampire movie on a first date), all in the name of finding love, or at least a cool guy to hang out with.To this end I’ve been more successful, or perhaps luckier, than my friends.“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.And of course there is the birth year suffix -- cuteguy1975, for example.” Rudder is right. Unlike gender or income level, there are limitless options and combinations of traits.