You are what you post

We are using all kinds of social media apps all day to make connections with others, especially students who are more open-minded. These apps take a large percentage in our daily lives. We all post and share a lot of things everyday. What we share and post may tell what personalities we have and what kind of people we are.

Everyone has a relationship with social media—whether it’s healthy, obsessive, or estranged. And the researchers divided the relationships into 12 types. Our relationship with social media can be more than one type or perfectly in one category if possible. According to Dr. David Giles of Winchester University in the U.K.,” Most people using social media will display a combination of those personality types, and they may even behave differently on Facebook, for example, to how they behave on Twitter.”

This is a graph of the twelve personalities.new-personality-types-in-social-media_infographic

Personally, I am a dipper, which is the person who checks the apps several times a day without posting anything. And I think I spend more than two hours on social media per day, so I am also the Ultra. However, I am not one of the ranters because I speak more in real life or at least equal. As for my public account, I wanted it to be a peacock, which has a lot of followers and has huge impact on the followers. The public account was created with no personal information released, so it is also the ghost and the informer as I post some first hand advertisements on the post. Though this is a graph for Facebook users, I think it is also significance for other social media apps.

As the graph shows, the one with the largest percentage is the lurker, which takes 45% of the users are with this personality. They hiding in the shadows of cyberspace and rarely participate themselves in the activities. The second is the denier who believe social media does not control their lives while they tend to get anxious when their do not have access to network. This kind of personality appears in about 20 percent of all users of Facebook. The virgins, who are basically just started to learn how to deal with social media, are one percent lower than the deniers. Then the Ultras are of 14% among all users, which appears to check feeds dozens of times a day or user Facebook for over two hours daily, and happily admit their obsession. The approval seekers want to have recognition from other, so they check feeds and timelines constantly until people respond. That happens in one seventh among all. One tenth of the users are so-called peacocks, which have high numbers of followers, fans or ‘likes’, and re-tweets essence.

It is obvious that how your relationship with social media reflects your personality. Other than that, what you post also tells about yourself. What recent studies have shown is that our social media activity is a fairly reliable indicator of our true personalities.

The sociability, talkativeness, excitability and emotional expressiveness of an individual’s level are called extraversion. Those who are not highly conforming extraversion are often defined as “introverts.”

Just as people who are highly extraverted tend to value robust and frequent interaction with people in their “live” environment, they use media pretty often and their media lives are colorful as well. They tend to express themselves more often and are eager to show how they feel and what they think with others. They provide positive interactions with their friends. They ‘like’ their friends’ post and show their care for them. When needed, they are eager to cheer their friends up.

Introverts are those who think one thing but they do another thing. They think social media is stupid, but they are using them as frequent as extroverts. Outlets like Facebook and other social sites or forums often fulfill social needs that introverts may appear to be shy and not so good at conversing in real life. Often referred to as “lurkers,” they use social media more privately and hide some of their messages.

This dimension of agreeableness speaks to one’s proclivity for or tendency toward pro-social behaviors including altruism, kindness, trust and affection.

While it may seem counterintuitive, people who are more agreeable may not be highly tends to give their ‘likes to their friends. “Highly agreeable people are careful to avoid contributing to dissension among their friends and connections by liking something potentially divisive. Less agreeable people, on the other hand, care little about what others think of their preferences, so they ‘like’ at will,” explained by researchers.

Openness is a dimension that shows how well people deal with experience as well as imagination, insight and broadness of interests and knowledge.

It is revealed that those who give more ‘likes’, post more images, share more links, updates more and involves in more groups are tend to be with higher openness. They also want to know from others experience and as well share their own experience with others through all the posts and updates of status according to researchers.

Consciousness is measured by the level of how much they thinking for others, the ability of impulsive control and whether they care for details or not.

In general, those who think before they press ‘like’, which make them send out fewer ‘likes’, and have less relationship in online groups has less frequency using these social media apps than the rest of all users. The reason for this phenomenon is that high-consciousness people tend to put their time on things they think are valuable and worth spending time on. They believe making contact with ‘friends’ is not as important as other things in life.

On the contrary, highly conscious people upload more images than those who are not as conscious. This is because their supreme skill of memorizing events happened in their life.

Almost every website or social media apps has a chance to build up a profile of your own. Does the profile you create tend to be more like yourself or the idealized you? Though it seems like a chance to create our image, people write about themselves closer to their real personalities and their profiles are a good indicator of who they are.

Updating status and posting images and things can provide another opportunity for creating a more exciting and colorful life than how the reality is. However, it is surprising to find again that people stick to the reality more than the ideal life they wanted according to researchers.

Digging deeper, it is easily to observe that the gender, age group and interest of the poster can be identified through their posts.bigdata_0

In addition, the word choice of people can also used as a tool to identify the personality. The World Wellbeing Project find that extroverts post thing with words like ‘party’, ‘baby’ and ‘ya’, while introverts are likely to use emojis, reference to anime and video games.

In conclusion, it is useful for us to analyze the patterns of how people use their social media apps and how they are connect with it. We can find our personalities and identify others. However, it is not right to get obsessed with social media. We should pay more attention to real life activities instead of maintain relationships in those apps.



  1. Sebastian, M. (2013). 12 types of social media personalities. [online]Prdaily.com. Available at:http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/12_types_of_social_media_personalities_14296.aspx [Accessed 21 Apr. 2016].
  1. Christopher, J. (2014). You Are What You Post: What Your Social Media       Engagement Says About Your Personality | Truity. [online] Truity.com. Available at: http://www.truity.com/blog/you-are-what-you-post-what-your-social-media-engagement-says-about-your-personality [Accessed 21 Apr. 2016].

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