In a poll conducted by TwitterThoughts, results suggest that people who use Twitter prefer to use their real name at twice the frequency of people who use a pseudonym or avatar name.
Although the sample size is relatively small (N=24), the results seem clear. In answering the question, “What name do you use on Twitter?” 14 respondents selected “real name” compared with 7 who selected “avatar or pretend name.” (3 respondents claimed not to use Twitter.)
The 2 to 1 ratio is clear enough, but what’s the reason? We’ll be conducting future surveys to answer that question. (Any psychologists want to hypothesize?!)