New York Magazine:
The things you say on Facebook apparently reveal a lot about your personality, according to a large new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that finds an association between words used in Facebook posts and personality traits. The results are pretty fascinating, not because they’re surprising but because they’re so spot-on, exactly what you’d expect from introverts, extroverts, and the like.
Introverts, for example, tend to mention stereotypical introvert-y things in their status updates: computer, internet, read, anime — to an extent, these are words suggesting that they were posted while the writer was holed up at home. Extroverts, on the other hand, post enthusiastic notes that are more likely to acknowledge the existence of other people: party, girls, tonight, amazing, love! (Exclamation point theirs, not my own.)
Surrounding the word clouds are green clusters of words most likely to be found together in a single status update. I particularly love the ones in the bottom right corners for both the introverts and the extroverts, which suggests that a typical extrovert’s status might contain these words: soooo, missing, sooo, love. A typical introvert status update, in comparison, is more likely to contain these words: books, read, chapter, reading, book.
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