I recently read an article that my friend Shayne forwarded me by Maria Konnikova on The New Yorker titled “What Your Tweets Say About You“. Granted I didn’t get very far into the post before I could no longer resist the urge to see what my tweets say about me. Apparently, the results can determine if you’re likely to develop heart disease?
Counties where residents’ tweets included words related to hostility, aggression, hate, and, fatigue—words such as “asshole,” “jealous,” and “bored”—had significantly higher rates of death from atherosclerotic heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Conversely, where people’s tweets reflected more positive emotions and engagement, heart disease was less common.
If you’re like me and can’t resist, go ahead and give it a try. I don’t mind. But come right back and read what I learned about myself and tell me what you learned about yourself.
Go here: Analyze Words.
Here’s my results.
The 7 things I Learned About Myself Through my Tweeting Habbits
I’m quite embarrassed, actually. I know I shouldn’t care so much about the results because they aren’t necessarily true to my personality, but they are true for my tweets. Since I tweet from my heart, I can’t help but take this personally.
My results forced me to realize a few things about myself and my social media behaviour.
1. I’m awesome.
I don’t rank low in any category. I attribute this to my active online presence and vast array of topics that I tweet about. I usually tweet stuff related to my job or my personal interests: social media, marketing, website design, search engine optimization, photography, graphic design, health, fitness, humour, DIYing, video, writing, blogging, inspiring life lessons, and many other things.
2. I’m averagely awesome?
I rank average in most categories. Does this mean I’m just an Average Joe? I want to be more than just average.
3. I’m super angry.
Actually, I was only angry until I tweeted Maria’s article. Then suddenly I was very angry.
4. I’m plugged into the realities of the modern world.
I know how to perfectly craft a tweet. Concise text, an accompanying link for further elaboration, an appropriate hashtag, mentions of anyone involved, and, if I’m feeling super awesome, I’ll add a photo to make an extra splash. But that’s just 101 of tweeting.
5. I’m personable.
I’m curious about how other people feel about things in today’s society and interested to hear their opinions. On the contrary, I’m not afraid to share my opinions, either. I guess this is how I sometimes come across as angry. Potato, patato.
6. I should have went to law school.
I write using intelligent words and phrases that prove my brain is complex. Yeah, I’m book smart.
7. I’m sensory.
Yes, I have the ability to experience all 6 senses (I’m not telling you what the sixth sense is). And, apparently I have a “tendency to reference my feelings and surrounding environment”. Well, isn’t that what social media is all about? What’s a “Northern California” approach to tweeting, anyway? Anyone know?
Reflecting on my Tweet Analysis
For the most part, I’m happy with the ratings that I’ve received. All except for the anger one. On one hand, it shows I’m passionate and not afraid to speak my mind. On the other hand, I prefer to be objective and positive in life. I’m wondering if I’ve let anger overcome my personality too much lately. But then again, maybe I’m taking this too personally.
I wouldn’t want someone meeting me on Twitter for the first time thinking I’m a total bitch. I’m only a partial bitch. And that’s only if you know me really well or insult me without knowing me at all. Don’t try it.
Follow me on Twitter and I promise not to be so bitchy.
What did your results show? Do they define your personality?