According to The Daily Beast, there's a slew of reasons we don't change them — one being it’s too big of a hassle. (Read: We’re just lazy.) “We don't rethink our identities that often: we want to get on with our lives,” says Internet expert Bill Cheswick. However, AOL chief architect Joe Schober postulates that because a screen name is extremely personal, it’s tough to part ways with your online identity. “It’s all about your sense of self,” says Schober.
True or not, it’s interesting to dissect how and why we commit to these personas. When you think of it, it isn’t so different from the handles and names we use today on social media. Or, we could just chalk it all up to good ol' nostalgia. Either way, we’re still hanging onto that after-school, buddy list-loving alias.