Facebook reveals personality clues

University of Cambridge researchers say Facebook users' online behaviour reveals intimate details about their personality.

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What does Facebook reveal about you?

Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say they can now accurately predict details of our personalities based simply on what we say we like on Facebook.

After analysing nearly 60,000 samples researchers achieved more than 80 percent accuracy in working out areas of our lives including race, religion, sexuality and politics.

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Facebook activity can predict personality traits

Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say they can now accurately predict details of our personalities based simply on what we say we like on Facebook.

After analysing nearly 60,000 researchers achieved more than 80% accuracy on working out areas of our lives including race, religion, sexuality and political leanings. They say the research could have a profound impact in areas such as advertising and market research.

Researcher Dr David Stillwell from Cambridge University said: "The average person on Facebook has more than 150 "Likes" so when you bring all of those pieces of information together you can see the average personality of a person."

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Scientists say Facebook reveals intimate information

Facebook could pose a threat to our safety Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts from the University of Cambridge have found that how we use facebook can reveal intimate information about our personality.

Specialists at the Psychomerics centre could predict users religion, political views and even IQ by looking at their likes.

They warn that in the wrong hands that data could pose a threat to people's safety.

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University has longest Facebook timeline

Cambridge University's Facebook timeline can navigate back to 1209 compared to the standard timeline which only goes back to the year 1800
Cambridge University's Facebook timeline can navigate back to 1209 compared to the standard timeline which only goes back to the year 1800 Credit: ITV Anglia

Cambridge University is believed to have created the longest timeline on Facebook by tracing its entire history back to 1209.

The university is the first institution in the world to allow visitors to interact with 800 years of academic history after digital experts transferred hundreds of landmark dates from its archives.

The standard Facebook timeline feature only allows users to navigate back to the year 1800, but the university sought help from a company who helped make the project a reality.

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