What’s your Facebook type? Are you looking for friendships or just online attention?
Every day millions of people check their Facebook profiles, posts and of course their News Feed. People from different backgrounds, countries, race and age use one platform that has the power to bring them together. So, besides the social media platform a study showed that we may have much more in common with the rest of the users.
According to the study there are four types of Facebook users that include the ones you want to make real-world relationships to the ones that look for many “likes”.
A team from the Brigham Young University in Utah conducted the study and found out that the types can be identified as relationship builders, town cries, selfies and window shoppers. Each category has its own characteristics.
According to the research the relationship builders want to make new friendships or maintain the ones they have. Tom Robinson, the lead researcher, said that for the users who fall in this category Facebook is “an extension of their real life” and they identified with the suggestion that “Facebook helps me to express love to my family and lets my family express love to me.”
This category is almost opposite from the previous one. Town cries want to share local news, events and interesting articles even what is going on with their lives. The are considered the more traditional Facebook users and don’t pay attention on their own Facebook page.
The study showed that these users care more about self-promotion tHan relationships. That includes countless selfies. And the more “likes” they gather the better. Researchers said that the users said that “the more ‘like’ notification alarms I receive, the more I feel approved by my peers.”
And finally we have the window shoppers, and it has nothing to do with online shopping. The study showed that this category what to find out what other users are doing, their status updates or photos. These users can easily see if their crush has a new relationship and if their high school friend had a baby.
The Brigham Young University has also conducted a study about the different types of people you take selfies and revealed that people like to take selfies to show their wealth or make sure that people find them good-looking.