Online Representations Express People's Personalities [Website]

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This article from NPR discusses research that examined how online avatars reflect their creators' personalities, even when the avatars are not designed to physically look like their creators. The study had people create avatars and take a personality test that measures extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness, and conscientiousness. People rating the avatars on these five traits accurately identified the creator's extroversion, agreeableness, and neutoricism based on the avatars, but not their openness or conscientiousness. The article also discusses the research's implications for how we evaluate others based on appearances. The research provides insights into ways that clinical social workers could use clients' online activities as a way to assess strengths and behaviors.