Why do many of us update Facebook by writing about the food we ate, the dress we bought, while others share a great article they found? That question has lead a group of UK researchers to examine whether our personality type might change the way we use social media – and the results will probably make for uncomfortable reading for all of us.
The researchers tested more than 550 people for the so-called “big five” personality traits – extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness – and how those traits were linked to the way they behave on Facebook.
The results, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, perhaps unsurprisingly indicate that we are all really just a bunch of insecure attention-seekers.
So what do your Facebook status updates say about you?
“Considering that people with low self-esteem tend to be more chronically fearful of losing their romantic partner, and that people are more likely to post relationship-relevant information on Facebook on days when they feel insecure, it is reasonable to surmise that people with low self-esteem update about their partner as a way of laying claim to their relationship when it feels threatened,” they said.
Okay, you can breathe a sigh of relief
“People high in openness, then, may write updates about current events, research, or their political views for the purpose of sharing impersonal information rather than for socialising,” the researchers said.
Why are we so glued to Facebook? There is science and psychology that explains why!
Researchers have discovered trends in the way that we perform every major action on Facebook—liking, posting, sharing, commenting and even lurking.
And there’s a ton of psychology involved in what makes Facebook so attractive in the first place. Here’s a look at the psychology of Facebook: what makes us like, post, share and keep coming back for more.