Are you what you like on Social Media? Particularly on Facebook?
Cubeyou has been working in the marketing field for 4 years. Two years ago, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, they developed a Facebook app called YouAreWhatYouLike that helps discover your personality based on your Facebook activity and background.
It takes a few minutes, and ,without you taking a quiz or answering any questions, gives you your personality profile based on the scientific predictions of the Cambridge Psychometric Centre. Researchers analyzed data from 58,000-plus American Facebook users and made some educated guesses about personalities and behavior.
I tried it out and I have to say that the results surprised me. I don’t agree with the findings, but, what I realized was that my public persona is actually different from who I see myself as. I imagine part of that is because I often like friends’ pages to be supportive of their businesses, check out contests and sales that used to require likes.
My results: More conservative and traditional than liberal and artistic. More well-organized than spontaneous and flexible. More outgoing and active versus shy and reserved. More assertive and competitive than warm, trusting and cooperative. More emotional and stressed than calm and relaxed.
This does not really fit me unless I’ve changed. I was always the artistic, liberal type in my group of friends, school, work and family. I majored in Semiotics and Communications. I studied art, journalism, creative writing, dance and literature for the most part. Geometry was my worst subject though I did well in Algebra. My art is abstract and colorful. Organized? I suppose I’ve had to become organized, but when I write or cook, there’s often a lot of chaos. Outgoing and active, sometimes. At other times, a total hermit watching old French movies. More assertive than trusting? Again, this is my Facebook persona I would say. Do you trust people on Facebook? More emotional and stressed than calm? Well, sure, if I’m calm, I’m generally doing yoga, listening to music or in a woodsy park, not on Facebook.
In any case, I find the discrepancy kind of fascinating and realize that the nature of Facebook shows me in an entirely different light when judged solely on what I ‘like’.
So, my personal recommendation is, try it for fun and see what you think!
If you want to know what your Facebook likes say about you, you can check out the free one-click test at http://youarewhatyoulike.com that the researchers created.
Feel free to comment below on your results! I’m really curious now!