Research Finds In-Game Usernames Correlated With Anti-Social Behaviour

/ 3 years ago


According to the latest research, it turns out the names we pick in game are a good predictor of how we behave in-game. By looking at the usernames of player in League of Legends, researchers were able to correlate anti-social tendencies in game with both age and the choice of username.

Rating names based on Anti-Social Naming Tendency (ANT) and Age as derived from the username, researchers correlated this data with Riot’s in-game reporting system. Not surprisingly, players with anti-social usernames tended to have more reports and complaints. It also found that younger players tended to have a much higher amount of reports sent and received, well in excess compared tot he amounts for older players.

League of Legends Username Study

Players with more neutral usernames tended to receive less reports and were more willing to give out “honor” or a positive report of other players. The same held true for older players who sent out honor 6% more often and received it 2% more frequently.

While we might think of older gamers are those in their late 20 and 30s and even beyond, it turns out that going up to 22-25 years of age was enough to see positive impacts. The researchers chalk up the age differences as due to cognitive development of the young male demographic. The anti-social naming is more self-explanatory, with real world personality being the driver. Interestingly enough, those with anti-social names tended to do very slightly better on average. With more research, it will be interesting to see the interaction between our real world and in-game personalities.

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4 Responses to “Research Finds In-Game Usernames Correlated With Anti-Social Behaviour”
  1. Joel Little says:

    Did we really need an actual study to know that dudes named “Ibonedurmom” and “yoloswag420” are douchebags?

    • Milky 69 says:

      well not as bad as xXxwhateverxXx56164 😀 but yea 😀 clearly they do need it 😀 + i bet it was made by students as Final presentational work 😀

      • Joel Little says:

        I’m pretty sure someone named “Milky 69” has no right to criticize the maturity of a username.

        • Milky 69 says:

          I hope you do understand that not everyone changes theyr nick like socks and i’m using this nick for over 15 years and I
          aint gonna change it now? Plus , u see 69 and start blabering Crap? Wow
          . Real Mr. Mature. Sorry my wife and I love 69 so? I’m somehow
          immature now cuz of that? Grow up dude. Before posting stuff like this.
          Cuz now it looks like my son is more mature than u.

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