What your Facebook posts say about YOU

Published : 10:25 am  May 28, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (477) reads | 

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From humble brags to cryptic cries for attention, many Facebook statuses are insufferable. And yet, millions of us post updates on the social media site every day. Now, a new study says a person’s Facebook status actually says a lot about their personality, Healthista reports. Their posts can reveal whether they are narcissists or neurotics, and how much self-esteem they have, researchers said. In the study, from Brunel University, researchers analysed 555 online surveys completed by Facebook users.


The surveys focused on the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, openness, agreeableness, neuroticism and conscientiousness as well as self-esteem and narcissism.
The scientists found users tended to post updates in line with their personality traits.


NARCISSISTS
Posts mainly about: achievements, diet, and exercise
Narcissists update about their achievements, diet, and exercise.
They seek attention and validation measured through a high number of ‘likes’.
Updates about achievements receive the most ‘likes’, encouraging this personality type to write achievement themed posts, said the researchers.

 


OPEN, CURIOUS AND CREATIVE PEOPLE
Posts mainly about: political beliefs and intellectual topics
Those measuring high in openness (creative, curious types) post about political beliefs and intellectual topics.
They seek less social interaction and more information sharing, motives conducive to sharing impersonal information, such as current events and research.

 


CONSCIENTIOUS
Posts mostly about: Their romantic partners
Conscientious users post infrequently and are more aware of how others receive their content.
When they do post, it is most often about their children.

 


LOW SELF ESTEEM
Posts mostly about: Their romantic partners
People with low self-esteem post frequently about their romantic partners.
It is suggested their motivations are to quell insecurities and demonstrate to others that their relationship is doing well.
These posts receive less ‘likes’ and make the users seem less likable.

 


 

The researchers suggested further studies should be done on how Facebook friends react to these updates both in real life and online.