My Five Labs Personality Analysis Using Facebook

Five Labs characterized my personality1 by analyzing the words in my Facebook posts:2

Brent is restless, inventive, and reserved.3

If that’s all it did, Five Lab’s analysis would be interesting.4 However, what makes it cool is Five Labs showing me which of my friends’ and selected public figures’ personalities are closest to mine. Turns out, Bill Gates and I could be twins.5 ;-)

Five Labs also lets me analyze my friends’ personalities, even those who apparently haven’t yet specifically authorized Five Labs to see their walls like I did. I bet they didn’t know they were authorizing that when they friended me. I didn’t either.6

Maybe you’d like to let Five Labs analyze your personality. Or maybe you already have. Did you agree with the results?

  1. Personalities are analyzed according to the Big Five personality traits
  2. Five Labs examined the linguistic content using a method “based on a study published by H. Andrew Schwartz and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project. 
  3. I’m tempted to disagree, but maybe that would just prove its validity. I do question its validity for everyone, though. One person I analyzed showed very different traits than in real life. Maybe all that proves is that we can be very different people on social media than in person. 
  4. Some may question why I’d post personal results on a public blog. I have a couple responses: (1) if the results are accurate, those who know me aren’t surprised; those who don’t, don’t know whether they are or not. (2) I have a ton of public postings here on my blog. Not posting the results doesn’t prevent anyone from doing a similar analysis with an even larger data source. 
  5. I wonder if he’d agree. ;-) All the same, notice the similarity in poses for our profile pictures. Also, Bill’s personality traits matched closer than any of my friends’ traits did. Update. It appears that last assertion is no longer true. As more of my friends have done this analysis, it turns out that one of my friends is an 88% match. Sorry, Bill… ;-)
  6. It’s amazing how much information we leak on the Internet, even on Facebook. Or maybe, this is just what it means when we authorize apps our friends use to see our data. Makes sense… 

Author: Brent Logan

Engineer. Lawyer. WordPress geek. Longboarder. Blood donor. Photographer. More about Brent.

2 thoughts on “My Five Labs Personality Analysis Using Facebook”

  1. I finally remembered I wanted to check this post out, as I did that Five Labs thing awhile back but didn’t publish it on Facebook. I had not noticed that you could compare to public figures, so of course I will have to go see who I might be similar to–probably not Bill! Ha. I do, as always, appreciate your footnotes!

  2. Cher, although we are allegedly similar (you’re a lot less neurotic and much more agreeable), we have only a 74% match. Bill might be an okay match for you as well, but I bet there’s someone closer.

    Now that more of my Facebook friends have done this analysis, it turns out that Bill is no longer my closest match. One of my friends is an 88% match! I wonder if genetics has anything to do with that… ;-) (I updated the footnote, above.)

    Footnotes enable me to write two posts at once. Those who don’t read the footnotes get a short, readible (hopefully…) post, while I get to explain myself in more detail below. Everybody wins!

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