It appears as though the concept of being “radically transparent” is reaching the huddled masses on social networks.
Back in 2007, 31% of social network users admitted that they had falsified some of their profile details. Today, a new study suggests that we’re all actually quite honest about how we portray ourselves–at least, on Facebook.
Psychologists studied 236 US and German students and looked at how closely their real personalities matched up with their “idealized personalities”–who they’d like to be online. Apparently, the majority of the group didn’t play out their perfect persona, instead they were pretty transparent in who they were:
…there was no evidence of self-idealization, and ideal-self ratings did not predict observer impressions above and beyond actual personality
Usually at this point, I throw in a pretty chart that provides a nice visual of the results found by the study. Well, this time we’re dealing with raw data, and I honestly have no clue how to interpret this chart:
My psychology professor would be so ashamed of me right now.