What your Facebook status says about your personality
What you post on Facebook could say a lot about your personality, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at the correlation between the personality traits of extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem and narcissism, and the status updates of 555 people. They found that:
- Low self-esteem was correlated with frequent posts about a person’s romantic partner
- Conscientiousness was linked to updates about a person’s children
- Those who were more open-minded, curious and creative were more likely to have political or intellectual posts
- Extroverts posted pictures of large groups of people and post more frequently
- Narcissism was tied to statuses sharing achievements as well as updates about diet and exercise routines
The statuses of those with narcissistic personality traits also received more likes and comments than those of others.
“Although our results suggest that narcissists’ bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates, it could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays,” said Dr. Tara Marshall, of Brunel University London, in a news release. “Greater awareness of how one’s status updates might be perceived by friends could help people to avoid topics that annoy more than they entertain.”
Many people get frustrated when their friends overshare on Facebook, experts say.
Jody Poultney, a behavioral health therapist at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., suggests talking to them about the issue outside of Facebook. If that doesn’t work, try to limit responses to their posts and if necessary, block their posts.
“Never respond to a post when you first read it because an emotional response never seems to resolve anything,” says Poultney. “Wait until you are calm prior to responding or respond in person if it is an emotionally charged issues for you.”
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