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Nomen est omen…

Mitja D. Back, Stefan C. Schmukle, Boris Egloff, of the University of Leipzig, have just published “How Extroverted is honeybunny77@hotmail.de?”– an exploration of the extent to which email addresses conjure specific stereotypes (implied identities) in the mind of the recipient, and the extent to which those stereotypes are accurate…

From the abstract:

Computer mediated communication (CMC) plays a rapidly growing role in our social lives. Within this domain, e-mail addresses represent the thinnest slice of information that people receive from one another. Using 599 e-mail addresses of young adults, their self-reported personality scores and the personality judgments of 100 independent observers, it was shown that personality impressions based solely on e-mail addresses were consensually shared by observers. Moreover, these impressions contained some degree of validity. This was true for neuroticism, openness, agreeableness conscientiousness, and narcissism but not for extroversion. Level of accuracy was explained using lens model analyses: Lay observers made broad use of perceivable e-mail address features in their personality judgments, features were slightly valid and observers were sensitive to subtle differences in validity between cues. Altogether, even the thinnest slice of CMC– the mere e-mail address—contains valid information about the personality of its owner.

Download the paper here

As we rethink our handles, we might wish a discretely bawdy happy birthday to Mary Jane “Mae” West, actress, playwright, screenwriter, and bombshell, born on this date in 1893. Among her memorable mots:

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.

When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I’ve never tried before.

To err is human, but it feels divine.

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.

Mae West, with Cary Grant, in I’m No Angel (1933)

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August 17, 2008 at 1:01 am

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