This is an easy way for someone with malicious intent to draw connections between a dating site profile username and your ‘real’ life, even if your profiles are correctly private or hidden.
The very simplest, a Google search will often turn up social media profiles, forum posts, and blog comments tied to a particular username.
Speaking of Erikas, they earn right swipes from almost seven out of 10 guys, while Ericas spelled with a C are only selected by about half of guys on the app.
The difference between Rebeccas and Beckys was even starker, with nearly 60 percent of guys swiping full name but only 22.5 percent swiping right to the nickname.
This can be a great was to build an online identity, but it can also make it trivial to tie our activity on various services together.