What Your Words Say About You

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I read an interesting psychology research review today: What Your Tweets Say About You – The New Yorker. It isn’t actually about Twitter, which is just one source of language these researchers look at.

Analyze WordsResearch psychologists have created software called Analyze Words. It quickly provides an analysis of language samples. The version in the article looks at a recent sample of Tweets. I was curious, so I entered my two Twitter accounts. You can see the reports to the left.

In my more older, more popular account (@gregmercer1), I’ve often indulged in lots of politics. American politics these days involves lots of anger and worry, right? Not surprisingly, the report to the left shows lots of anger and worry, as well as lots of social connection with a worrisome arrogant/distant flavor. This one got me thinking: maybe it’s time for a change!  Honestly, “Angry Distant Guy” isn’t what I strive for in life. Live and learn.

 

Analyze Words brcnOn my newer account (@bigredcarpetnsg), I avoid politics and focus on nursing and mental health. Look at the analysis: it’s like I’m a different person! Upbeat, otherwise pretty average. Still a bit distant. Overall, it’s striking just how different topic choices create such disparate personas. It’s also striking that my angry side usually attracts far more attention…

I have no idea what might come of such research, but it shows promise as a source of social feedback. It certainly gave me food for thought!

You can try it too: click on the link above, or here: Analyze Words. I’d love to see your results!

 

Also, what do you think of this sort of thing? I have mixed feelings: it’s like – IS – getting social coaching from a machine, creepy but also intriguing. I’m conflicted! How about you?

 

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  1. A big assumption is that the titles of posts that are passed via tweets denotes the feelings of the tweeter, or rather, no differentiation was made between links and non-link thoughts. I take care to not promote fear on my blog. It’s one of my goals to keep people from fearing during these last stages of Transformation, riddance of the Cabal. My tweets scored very highly “Worried”, “Arrogant/Distant”, Thinking style is mostly “Sensory”. I’m not worried. It may seem distant since all I ever do is send links. Sensory, possibly.

    Conclusion: Interesting, but meaningless. Needs categorization, more forethought.

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  2. For real? Tweets flicked off in the moment, to promote a post, or someone else, or to share a concern or info, are used to analyse personality. Seems more than a little simplistic, not to mention, Big Brotherish, to me.
    Surely, the results only show how an individual relates to Twitter and tweeting.

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    1. In theory it’s about statistically extracting meaning from your automatic word choices. Who knows? I have found that our language, how we come across, how we think, can be shaped to some extent by our choice of medium. In person we mostly use nonverbal cues. On Twitter, all we have for that are crude emojis and punctuation tricks. Not surprisingly, misunderstandings and anger are far more common that way. As for this research, who knows. It does have an above average dose of creepy.

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  3. I just read the descriptions… does anyone else thinks it’s funny that “don’t reference yourself much” is considered under “arrogant” ? 🙂 That earns a spacey-valley-girl LOLOLOL!!!!!

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      1. Haha! Well it did say I was average angry! Which is weird because I never post about anything that makes me angry! 😄 I also got high sensory which I guess makes sense. But at the bottom it shows the text they used and a lot of it was written by the ppl whose websites twitter button I clicked, not by me! 😳

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      2. I didn’t notice the sample text. It’s a lark, though, isn’t it? My results that I didn’t like also struck me as plausible, which gave them more weight. I wonder what “average” angry these days amounts to? How much anger? In any case, thanks for trading notes with me on this thing – Greg

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      3. They say that if something is general enough–like fortune telling, for example–then you can believe it about yourself. Be careful what the “scientists” would have you believe– they can be shysters, too! And they also get paid for backing up heir claims with “evidence”. 😉

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      4. Oh, absolutely, you’re right on the money! It’s free and the results were plausible, for me anyway. And I needed a topic: blog challenges are like that, relentless! Thanks for your intelligent counsel: we need far more skepticism in the world – Greg

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    1. Hi LMG, thank you for visiting my site. I tried to comment on your Yin and Yang post but I couldn’t find the comment button. I actually googled the concept as I had an idea but not as much as I wanted to know. I now have a better understanding. If you do have a comment area, can you direct me to it (although I think I’m pretty savvy with the net, I must be missing something) please? 😋

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  4. I wouldn’t classify it as social coaching, instead, I would simply iterate that it is an analysis of your mood at any given tweet. And it’s not rocket science to see when a person rants on a site as to whether they are passionate and have verbalised their frustration or anger or are on an even keel in their arguments or opinions. They, or in this case, you, are entitled to air your grievances. I do however agree with you that it is intriguing. The concern is whether potential employers will utilise apps like that in the hiring process and that can be of concern as people’s views can change with a blink of an eye and their reputation should not be questioned, damaged or tarnished over social tweets. Big brother is indeed alive and out there!
    Love all the ‘food for thought’ posts you put up! 👍

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