According to a recent study put out by the University of Texas at Austin, Facebook users profiles coincide fairly accurately with their actual personalities. A questionnaire given to a variety of Facebook users evaluated them on the five factor personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness. Users who did not know the original set evaluated them on the basis of their Facebook profile only using the same criteria. The most stable trait was extraversion and the least stable trait was neuroticism, which makes sense because it is difficult to tell how neurotic someone is until you actually meet them.
This finding flies in the face of the idea that social media is all about promoting only a fake or idealized version of the self. The article, in fact, points out that mediums like Facebook and Twitter have now become synomonous with the phone for genuineness of social interaction. Basically, it is as genuine as the user makes it out to be.
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University of Texas at Austin (2009, December 1). Facebook profiles capture true personality, according to new psychology research. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/12/091201111154.htm