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What Your Social Network Says About You

Scientifically Proven: What Your Social Network Says About You

One of the greatest things, I think, to come out of social media is the fact that we all think out loud online, and that can lead to some very interesting sociological conclusions. Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks give researchers tons of quantifiable data on the state of the human race. For example, remember that study released earlier this month that found that all Facebook users are narcissistic and insecure? Our online selves give researchers access to a gold mine of information that they can interpret and analyze to try and gain insight about society as well as individual personalities. Want to learn more about yourself? For 10 things researchers have learned about you from your online profiles and Twitter activity just



  1. Status messages make us feel more connected with each other.
  2. We are passive consumers of information.
  3. Our movie recommendations matter more at the box office than critic's reviews.
  4. We like people more if they express themselves, both online and in real life.
  5. Our Twitter conversations predict larger social trends.
  6. We value our online friends for practical advice and recommendations.
  7. Who's in our Twitter lists tell people about our personality and interests.
  8. Women make up over half of Twitter users, but men still have more followers.
  9. The top 10 percent most-active Twitter users account for over 90 percent of all tweets.
  10. The most influential Twitter users are often just average Joes, not celebrities.


What do you think? Do these researchers have your personality down, or are they missing the mark? Some of these insights seem like no-brainers to me (of course we feel connected to friends when we learn about what's happening in their lives via status updates, right?), but I do like the fact that scientists are using all our seemingly vapid musings and mundane status updates to help us learn more about ourselves as a society.


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addictedreader addictedreader 6 years
I think twitter and facebook are dangerous fads that will eventually end in some disaster. They encourage people to do a very stupid thing which is put personal information available to the public with no thinking first and no erase--the data is there forever. When it was the Patriot Act people accepted this sort of information gathering and being tracked as a necessary evil but at least they understood the evil. Now everyone is screaming TO BE tracked--and for what? A Twilight themed Nook cover? A four blade vibrating razor? A new MIRACLE age cream of the day? Is it REALLY worth it? Nothing in life is free, least of all tweeting and facebook posting-- but no one seems to get that they're unpaid participants in the biggest thing ever to hit the marketing and advertising world.
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