What does your profile picture say about you? The accuracy of thin-slice personality judgments from social networking sites made at zero-acquaintance

Mark Turner, Natalie Hunt

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Abstract

The study investigates impressions formed through social networking sites, specifically the initial judgments we make of others when first momentarily exposed to their photograph. The personality characteristics of 52 Female Facebook profile owners were evaluated by a group of raters who briefly viewed the current profile picture of each person. Analysis revealed consensus between raters when judging personality attributes, although self-other agreement was low: raters' judgments correlated with profile owners' judgments of their own personality for only 2 out of the 10 attributes examined. Profile owners perceived as more physically attractive were rated more positively on other personality attributes. Smiling, and being alone or with others in a profile picture was also demonstrated to have a significant impact on personality assessments. It was concluded that whilst profile pictures can strongly influence how we judge others, such initial judgments are not highly likely to be accurate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial computing and social media
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, SCSM 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014. proceedings
EditorsGabriele Meiselwitz
PublisherSpringer
Pages506-516
ISBN (Electronic)9783319076324
ISBN (Print)9783319076317
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th International Conference, SCSM 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, , June 22-27, 2014, - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
PublisherSpringer
Volume8531
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference6th International Conference, SCSM 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, , June 22-27, 2014,
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityHeraklion, Crete
Period22/06/1427/06/14

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