Facebook Posts Reveal Secrets About YouWhether you enjoy posting public love notes to your sweetie, sharing your photos from that incredible trip to Tuscany or going on a political rant, what you put on your Facebook page reveals a lot more about you than you ever imagined. All those photos and posts expose something about you that you might not like to have divulged to strangers: a hard and fast description of your personality.
That's the conclusion of psychologists from Brunel University London, who collected data from 555 Facebooks users.
The participants first indicated the types of Facebook messages they most enjoy posting--social activities and everyday life; intellectual thoughts, such as their views on politics, current events and research/science; personal achievements and goals; diet and exercise; children; and feelings about one's romantic partner.
In addition, all completed an online survey measuring the "Big Five" personality traits--extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. The survey also assessed self-esteem and narcissism.
The research goal was to examine the personality traits and motives that influence the topics people choose to write about in their Facebook status updates, something that few previous studies have explored.
What your Facebook posts reveal about you:
You are outgoing and energetic and thrive on being with people. You are naturally friendly and talkative, so you probably think Facebook is the greatest invention of your lifetime. You enjoy posting about your active social life and fun vacations, as well as sharing lots of photos of your large circle of friends.
"It might come as little surprise that Facebook status updates reflect people's personality traits. However, it is important to understand why people write about certain topics on Facebook," said study leader Dr. Tara Marshall. "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."
Translation: If you want your Facebook posts to reveal who you really are, then think before you hit the post button.