Saturday, May 31, 2008

Avatar vs. Human Personality Test results

I've posted a spreadsheet on Google Docs with the results from the first batch of test results from the Avatar vs. Human Personality Tests.

Initial Avatar vs. Human Personality Scores


  1. Well well, that is pleasing to see. It's curious to see most elements like emotional stability actually average out as constants, but while I'd expected outward behaviour to be higher for digital personas, I'm surprised to see inquisitiveness drop so. Hm.

    I've no real judgements to speak of. It's all subjective anyway, but thank you for sharing this, Botgirl! It should give people something to think about. :)

  2. Just for kicks, I ran a simple correlation (R-squared) between the "Human" and "Avatar" scores for each of the five variables. With the exception of Inquisativeness, the correlations are pretty low, and especially so for Extroversion and Orderliness:

    Extroversion: 0.025
    Orderliness: 0.064
    Emotional Stability: 0.377
    Accommodation: 0.261
    Inquisitiveness: 0.596

    As I noted before, setting aside questions about the validity of the measures, the results are very interesting in that they are inconsistent with the view that "personality types" are relatively stable, and consistent with the situationist view that people's behavior (or, if you prefer, outward manifestation of personality) is strongly influenced by social context.


  3. vidal: Yes! Curiouser and Curiouser. Thanks for participating and for all of your help and encouragement.

    forelle: Thanks for running the numbers. My curiosity is mostly focused on how avatars allow people to explore previously unrealized aspects of their personality and potential. I posted a few thoughts on the results today.

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