Personality Profile

An Investigation of Different Personality Types

Problem:

Are frequent users of social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) more likely to be extroverted or introverted? Sensing or intuitive? Thinking or feeling? Judging or perceiving (Meyers-Briggs personality test)?

I Introduction:

Background Information-

Meyer-Briggs Analysis:

The Meyers-Briggs analysis is a personality type test that sorts individuals into 1 of 16 categories.


The personality types are:

  • Introvert or Extrovert

  • Sensing or Intuitive

  • Thinking or Feeling

  • Judging or Perceiving


The first two types are extrovert or introvert. Do you like to be around others or by your self? Extroverts like to be around people. They are more accustomed to the objective world and those around them. Being around others and socializing is fun for them, as opposed to being alone. Extroverts like new experiences, think out loud, and feel more energized around people.


Introverts are the complete opposites of extroverts. They like to be alone and prefer the quiet. They directed more towards their subjective, inner world rather than the real world. Introverts need to have their own space and territory where they can be alone and they work well alone. They are interested in their own thoughts, like to think quietly before they speak, and feel like they are losing energy around people.


The second two personality types are sensing or intuitive. Sensing is an ability to deal with information on its physical qualities and it's relation to other information. Sensers see everyone and sense everything. They live in the here and now and that are able to quickly adjust to any situation. Sensers are concerned with the "actual and factual". In other words they need facts and proof before they believe it. Sensers are active, self-confident, practical, and realistic. They find it difficult to sacrifice current fun and joy for the future good.


Intuition is the ability to deal with information based on its hidden potent ion and possible existence. Intuitive people tend to live more in the past or future instead of the present. They are interested in everything new and unusual are often doubtful. The want to dream and think about what could happen or what could be lives inside of them. For the intuitive the hidden meaning and deeper truth is more important than what is on the surface. They trust their hunches or gut feeling and work in bursts of energy and enthusiasm, often with great sacrifice of current joy.


The next two personality types are thinking or feeling. Thinkers are more interested in systems, structures, and patterns. They value fairness, justice, and logic more than sentiment which makes them relatively cold and unemotional. They tend to have difficulties talking about feelings and and evaluate everything by right or wrong. Thinkers tend to be impersonal, so they can sometimes hurt others' feelings, are ruled by head over heart, and do not like to clear up arguments and quarrels.


Feelers are more interested in people and their feelings, unlike thinkers. They easily pass their own mood to others, grab onto the moods of other, and pay great attention to love and passion. They evaluate things by good or bad and are easily hurt emotionally. Feelers and be touchy and use emotional manipulation, usually without knowing it. Telling other people unpleasant things is something they strongly dislike, but they do often give compliments to please others. Feelers are ruled by heart over head and tend to be warm-hearted and forgiving.


The final two personality types are judging or perceiving. Judgers tend to be planned out and organized. Leaving questions unanswered and not planning things out ahead of time irks them. They enjoy following a schedule and are usually on time. Organization plays a big role in their lives, along with rules and discipline. Judging people have a stable workability and have a good sense of accomplishment when they finish a task. They can be rigid and close-minded sometimes when it comes being on a schedule, meaning they are not good with last minute plans and surprises.


Perceivers act on impulse based on the situation and can start multiple things at once without finishing them. Their work productivity depends on their mood and they often act without any preparation. When given a schedule to follow, Perceivers feel cramped and they prefer freedom. They are usually late and like surprises and unexpected changes to plans. They are open-minded, flexible, and continually try to gather new data and information.


By taking the Meyers-Briggs personality test, you can learn a lot about yourself and others. You might learn why someone is the way they are and what you have in common with others. By learning your personality type you can figure out what career path is best for you and how.


Social Media:

Starting with the sending of the first email in 1971 to current day Facebook and Twitter, social media has grown in incredible ways throughout the ages. Before it would take days to weeks before someone got your hand written letter with a stamp in the mail. Now we can post it on Facebook or send an email to a friend across the world and it will reach them almost instantly.


The usage of social media is now so widespread, that almost all news travels through it. It's how we stay connected to the world and everyone and everything in it. In school we are taught how it can be dangerous if not used correctly and in the real world we use it to stay in touch with everything around us.


There are may different social media networks like:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Instagram

  • YouTube

  • Tumblr

  • Snapchat

  • MySpace

  • Pinterest

  • And Many More


That’s all that social media is. A way to stay connected. Whether it be by watching videos, sending emails, posting a picture on Facebook, or tweeting a message, it’s all for the same initial cause.


Forms of social media:

  • Videos

  • Pictures

  • Chat Rooms

  • Online Posts

  • Digital Storytelling and Scrapbooking

  • Reading and Writing Communities

  • Social Bookmarking

  • News

  • And Many More


We use social media in school to learn, too. Youtube for educational videos. Teachers have Twitters that they use to keep parents updated. We create blogs and websites when learning something new.

Purpose-

The purpose of this experiment is to see whether frequent users of social media tent to introverted or extroverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving.


Hypothesis-

If I test to see whether frequent users of social media tend to be introverted or extroverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving, then I will find that they are extroverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving because these four personality types all contain the characteristics of somebody who is more outgoing, open, social, and not very emotional.

II Parts of the Experiment:

  • Dependent Variable - Participants’ responses to the quiz/survey.

  • Independent Variable - Participants’ personality types and social media usage.

  • Control - Individuals younger than the age of ten.

  • Experimental Group - Participants who chose to take the survey. All participants are 10 years old or older.

  • Factors held Constant - The same quiz/survey for all participants and same Meyers-Briggs Assessment.

III Materials:

  • Computer (or a device with internet connection)

  • Link to a Meyers-Briggs assessment

  • At least 50 test subjects

  • Questions to put on the social media survey

(Link to My Google Survey - http://goo.gl/forms/0s8Vtyuqyz)


IV Procedures:

  1. Create a survey asking people about their social media usage (How often do you check your social media?, How often do you post something on social media?, etc.)

  2. Insert the link to the Meyer-Briggs assessment on the quiz.

  3. Have participants take that test as well and record their results.

  4. After all the results for the survey are in, analyze the results.Compare the results with each other.

  5. Come up with a conclusion based on data, research, and results.

(http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/personality-profile-social-media-junkie/)


V Observations and Data:

Observations:

People who are more involved in the usage of social media tend to be extroverted, sensing, feeling, and judging.


Survey Pictures:

Data:

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VI Calculations:

Extrovert Percentage Calculation:

25/50=.5

.5*100=50

Introvert Percentage Calculation:

25/50=.5

.5*100=50

Sensing Percentage Calculation:

28/50=.56

.56*100=56

Intuitive Percentage Calculation:

22/50=.44

.44*100=44

Thinking Percentage Calculation:

18/50=.36

.36*100=36

Feeling Percentage Calculation:

32/50=.64

.64*100=64

Judging Percentage Calculation:

25/50=.5

.5*100=50

Perceiving Percentage Calculation:

25/50=.5

.5*100=50


VIII Analysis:

By looking at the data it is evident that frequent users of social media are more likely to be extroverted, sensing, feeling, and judging. The number of participants who got introverted or extroverted, and thinking or feeling, was equal. The other results were more varied, showing that frequents users of social media lean more toward the sensing and feeling side, as opposed to intuitive and thinking. The participants who do not use social media at all or not as frequently are more inclined to get the results of introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving. People who are more active in social media will get these results because these characteristics describe a person who is more outgoing, open, social, not very emotional, and likes to communicate with people.

IX Conclusion:

My hypothesis was partially correct. Frequent users of social media do tend to be extroverted and sensing but not thinking or perceiving. By looking at the data it is evident that frequent users of social media are more likely to be extroverted, sensing, feeling, and judging.

X Sources of Errors and Inaccuracies:

Something that could have given a an inaccurate result and caused an error is that I gave the survey to people of all ages instead of just one age group. That could have caused a inaccuracies in the analysis of the results. Another mistake was that the directions on the survey were slightly unclear and unspecific, causing confusion for some of the participants.

XI Application:

This experiment applies to real life in numerous ways. By looking at this data you can see why certain people act in certain ways. This could explain why they may be more likely to be found around others or why somebody might be more emotional than somebody else. By using these results it could help individuals to get along better with those around them. This will also make understanding differet types of personality easier.

XII Improvement:

One way that I can improve the experiment is by giving it to only one age group of people, instead of a bg group of people of all ages. The instructions on the survey also need to be fixed and made more specific and clear in order to clear up confusion. Another variable I could test as a continuation of the experiment is whether or not age affects personality traits or not.

XIII Bibliography-

Emaan Allawala

Mrs. Clarke

7th Period

1-22-15