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The People Behind the Personality Quizzes

Many adults today perceive personality quizzes as being the lifeblood of teenage life, but are they really? Do teens enjoy taking these quizzes or is it just a stereotype? Are girls truly more inclined to take these quizzes?

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Many adults today perceive personality quizzes as being the lifeblood of teenage life, but are they really? Do teens enjoy taking these quizzes or is it just a stereotype? Are girls truly more inclined to take these quizzes?

There are lots of personality quizzes scattered across the internet and tons of different websites that sponsor them.

“I have taken different personality quizzes like the ones on BuzzFeed, YouTube, and various websites,” Anna Corley (9) said.

Buzzfeed, in particular, is known for its fun and witty videos as well as personality tests from ‘what superhero is your soulmate’ to ‘what kind of pasta are you?’ Those topics seems silly, but people take them for a reason.

“I think [people] take them to figure out about themselves,” Karlie Flanagan (9) said.

Personality quizzes may seem like something fun to do in your spare time, but maybe it is something more than that.

According to Pamela Rutledge, director of Media Psychology Research Center, “people remain a mystery to themselves as well as others and are always curious to get a bit of insight as to what they are really like.”

Like Pamela’s approach, teens are at that stage where they are figuring out what they want to do with their lives and feel limited toby what they have learned in school. Through personality quizzes, it gives teensyou a sense of enlightenment, that theyyou just learned something new about themselvesyourself.

“I think these quizzes could definitely be taken more so that people can fully understand themselves.  and dDoing that could help them in their lives.” Sophia Hartley (9) said.

Most teens are skeptical about personality quizzes and their contents, but they still. Overall people like to share their results with friends, to prove their credibility.

“I find myself comparing myself to a personality type that my results told me I was, but I don’t do it all the time,” Flanagan said.

Personality quizzes could also affect which job you have next. According to Marketplace, a website that reviews companies, Fortune 100 companies use the Myers-Briggs personality tests to evaluate which job applicants get or even if applicants are qualified for a job. Thanks to this decision the companies profits rose upwards to 2 billion due to cooperation and less conflict in the workplace.

“I think it’s a good idea for [businesses] . . .  to use the 16 personalities to hire people because every person is different and so is every job,” Corley said. “Some jobs may require different skills than others so by using the quiz on possible employees, it can help them to get a better idea on how [their employees] think as well as their problem-solving skills/habits.”  

However,  some people do not agree with using the 16 personalities test, as it takes away the personal feeling of talking with another human being.  

“I see no reason they could not continue to be effective, ” Caroline Ringquist (9) said. “Though I would not replace in-person interviews with the 16 personalities quiz, I believe it could be useful, even though it could fairly easily be falsified.”

The real question is, why do we take personality quizzes? What makes them so fun that we want to spend hours and hours taking them? Usually, people will take pride in their results.

“Similarly, if a quiz declares that you are a genius, you might take it a little more seriously and take pride in it,” said Stephen Garcia, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.

“It’s interesting to read the results and often times you can find out something new about yourself you didn’t know,” Corley said.

Overall personality quizzes are computer generated, but fun that we experience is as human as it gets.

“I believe so many people take these quizzes because they are fascinated to see how accurately a computer program can determine their traits and personality,” Ringquist said.

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