A new study has been conducted into the way we present our lives on social media. So, what does your Facebook presence say about you? Find out here.
A group of UK researchers have conducted a study into the way personality types change the way we use social media.
In order to get to the bottom of this question, researchers tested more than 550 people for the so-called “big five” personality traits – extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness – and how those traits were linked to the way they behave on Facebook.
The results were published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal, here’s what your Facebook status says about you…
If you post constantly about your relationship, you have low self-esteem
People with low self-esteem are more likely to see the advantages of self-disclosing on Facebook rather than in person, but because their status updates tend to express more negative and less positive affect, they tend to be perceived as less likeable . Furthermore, anxiously-attached individuals – who tend to have low self-esteem – post more often about their romantic relationship to boost their self-worth and to refute others’ impressions that their relationship is poor . The study shows that self-esteem would be negatively associated with updating about a romantic partner, and that this association would be mediated by the use of Facebook for validation.
If you keep your friends updated on your diet and exercise regimes, you’re a narcissist.
If you’re constantly checking in at the gym, posting about clean eating or sharing snaps of salad then you’re probably a narcissist. This means that you are self-aggrandising, vain, and exhibitionistic. The study shows that arcissistic personality types used Facebook for validation, saying they “may broadcast their diet and exercise routine to express the personal importance they place on physical appearance”.
If your posts are always about your children, you’re conscientious
According to the study, “conscientious individuals may update about their children for purposes other than communicating with their friends,” the researcher said. “Perhaps such updates reflect an indirect form of competitive parenting.”
If you share a lot of articles, you are an open person
The study found posting lots of articles about intellectual topics was linked with having a higher degree of openness; that is you tend to be creative, intellectual, and curious. “People high in openness, then, may write updates about current events, research, or their political views for the purpose of sharing impersonal information rather than for socialising,” the researchers said.
What does your Facebook status say about you? Do you think the study is right?