Do Your ‘Likes’ on Facebook Divulge Your Health?

Oh, you’ll be surprised!

The full article in the Wall Street Journal:
Research published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that your Facebook likes can tell a lot about your health, habits, and even your political views.

Scientists from Cambridge University analyzed data from over 58,000 volunteers and accurately predicted everything from health, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious/political views, personality traits, intelligence, happiness, use of addictive substances, parental separation, age, and gender.

For example, if you ‘Liked’ Austin, Texas, “Big Momma” movies, and the statement “Relationships Should Be Between Two People Not the Whole Universe” predicted drug use.

However “Likes” for swimming, chocolate-chip cookie-dough ice cream and “Sliding On Floors with Your Socks On” were part of a pattern predicting that a person didn’t use drugs.

At least two things to take away here:
1. Far more than you may like (no pun intended) is disclosed about your personality or habits when you’re on Facebook.
2. You need to Like Play Attention which will show the world you are indeed intelligent and focused!

The full article in the Wall Street Journal:

When ‘Likes’ Can Shed Light
Facebook users’ patterns of Likes on the social-networking site can unintentionally expose political and religious views, drug use, divorce and sexual orientation, researchers said Monday.