According to a new study, social media profile pictures are giving away huge amounts about your personal lives.
In fact people can understand a lot more about your life just by looking at your profile picture, and even predict your personality to a huge extent.
The research was based on Twitter profile pictures of tens of thousands of users and their personality were estimated based on their tweets. It showed that the differences in pictures could be used to show the differences in our personalities. This successfully helped to guess what the user actually might be like.
These observations do make sense and your profile picture can express a lot about your personality, but the research has found that your profile picture can give away parts of your personality when you didn’t even realize and didn’t even include them.
Extroverted or outgoing people are more likely to have pictures with other people in them. Also, people who are open tend to have pictures that portray themselves in more clear and prominent ways.
Neurotic or mentally unbalanced people often tend not to include their faces in their profile pictures. If they show their own face then they tend to have glasses, and also make it appear far bigger than usual.
The researchers who tested how well they could predict a person’s personality based on their social media profile picture have concluded that it works accurately.
This can help other researchers who spend huge amounts on expensive research methods and questionnaires to understand whether online activities match the real personalities of people.