White profile picture meaning

Are your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures giving away more than you think? To find out, answer the two questions below:

2. Is your Twitter profile (a) a photo of yourself or (b) an avatar?

If you answered (a) to question 1 then, surprisingly, you are more likely to be an extrovert. If you answered (c), you are more likely an introvert, with (b)s in the middle. A study from the University of Warwick’s Cyber Security Centre found that participants scoring high on extroversion changed their profile picture less often than more introverted types: exactly the opposite of what the researchers expected. Why? Perhaps extroverts are out partying while introverts are tinkering with their profiles?

If you answered (b) to the second question, then, again surprisingly, you are – on average – more likely to be an extrovert; if you answered (a), an introvert. Again confounding their expectations, the researchers discovered that introverts are more likely to use a photo of themselves as their Twitter profile pic than extroverts. Why? We can only speculate, but perhaps introverts are serious types who use Twitter for business or academic networking (where showing your face is important), while extroverts are more likely to use Twitter for fun, choosing avatars that represent their tastes in a more playful way.

A fully referenced version of this article is available at benambridge.com. Order Psy-Q by Ben Ambridge (Profile Books, £8.99) for £6.99 at bookshop.theguardian.com

What does your profile picture reveal about your personality? Experts explain secrets we give away

It’s the one aspect of our Facebook profile which we probably put the most thought in to.

Do you just upload a badly-lit selfie and have done with it? Or do you agonise over which image simultaneously conveys your intelligence, humility, professional success and fun-side?

Now users are taking a ‘less is more’ stance on their profiles, ditching that long list of quotes and a detailed ‘about me’ section in favour of a more paired-back approach, your profile picture is having to work hard .

There’s more than 1.65 billion active users on Facebook, of which the majority will have a profile picture that’s actually of them.

That’s a lot of people and, if you know what to look out for, a great deal of insight into their personalities.

Each personality trait has a specific type of profile picture

To find out which of the ‘big five’ personality traits a person fell in to, a team of researchers analysed 66,000 Twitter users’ tweets, as well as surveying a further 434.

What does your profile say about you? (Image: Getty)

The character assessment was done for a paper called ‘Analyzing Personality through Social Media Profile Picture Choice’ and carried out by the University of Pennsylvania.

The findings of the survey as well as the Tweets were then cross-referenced with users’ profile pictures to get a clearer picture of their natures, and here’s what they uncovered.

1. Extroverts

Characterised by their engagement in the world around them, extroverts are likely to have colourful profile pictures, with other people featuring in them.

But however much fun they seem to be having in their picture, extroverts ranked low for the quality of image.

An extrovert in action (Image: Getty)

They also like to project a youthful image according to the study which states:

“Different from all other personalities, extroversion is negatively correlated with the age of the presenting faces, which means that users either appear younger in their profiles or are photographed with other young(er) people.”

2. Neurotics

In contrast to the extroverts of social media, people with neurotic tendencies take a very different type of image.

Neurotics lean towards having animals or objects to deflect attention away from them (Image: Getty)

Associated with experiencing negative emotions and emotional instability, neurotics “display simple, uncolourful images with negative color emotions.”

Not only this, but they’re far more likely to obscure their faces with reading glasses, or use an inanimate object, or an animal.

3. Openness

According to the study, the lucky people who fell into this category take the best pictures.

However, they were also the most likely to have photos lacking in colour and displaying more negative emotions.

This sort of profile picture is characteristic if openness (Image: Google)

Non-conformists by nature, there were similarities between them neurotics (using / hiding behind reading glasses), though their ‘openness’ covered both intellect and experience.

4. Agreeable sorts

Perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, those who were found to have agreeable personalities sported bright, colourful profile pictures.

It’s a trait defined “by social harmony and cooperation” and as such, users with this quality tend to have profile pictures with other faces in them.

Multiple people laughing and joking is indicative of agreeableness (Image: Getty)

But while their photos are smiling, joyous and positive, they’re not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing:

“Their pictures are cluttered as opposed to simple.”

5. Conscientious types

As the study states, “Conscientiousness is the personality trait associated with orderliness, planned behavior and self-discipline.”

Conscientious people are a happy lot

With this in mind, this image type is often characterised by “one good face” and are more colorful, natural and bright than those of other traits.

The most expressive bunch, conscientious types display give off smiling, joyful vibes – possibly because they know they’re ‘expected’ to be happy in their profile picture.

Here’s what your profile picture really says about your personality

You can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their profile picture, according to scientists.

An upcoming research paper aims to lift the lid on how our online presence represents who we are — and there are some surprising findings.

One aspect of the research focuses on how the snaps you share on social media reflect your personality.

Researchers analyzed over 66,000 people’s Facebook photos to find that you can tell “with robust accuracy” what someone is like by looking at their profile picture.

Here’s how the “big five” personality traits may be reflected in your social media — and what to look out for.

The edgy one

This reflects the openness personality trait, which means you’re likely to be keen on new experiences and hold beliefs that are a bit out of the ordinary.

You’re not keen on saying no to things and always try to live every day to the full.

This can be seen in darker profile photos which don’t necessarily focus on the person’s face — instead, open people are likely to have a profile picture reflect their rebellious personality.

If the person’s face is in the snap, then they’re likely to have a stern expression — or reading glasses on.

The selfie queen

If this sounds like you, you may have a conscientious personality.

People with this trait are disciplined and more likely to fit in with society’s expectations and go with the grain.

As such, conscientious people are likely to have just their own face in their photo, and they may look a little older than they are in their profile picture.

However, the photo is also likely to be more vibrant and colorful, and the person will probably be smiling in their snap.

The party photo

If all your photos are full of your friends as well, then you may be an extrovert.

Extroverts will have the most colorful and eye-catching profile photos — to reflect their open and confident personality.

You love going out and feel at your best when everyone is looking at you, talking about you, or both.

Extroverts will often choose a profile picture that makes them look younger, and will probably use a snap with plenty of other people in it.

The loved-up couple

Agreeable people are cooperative and get along well with others.

Few people dislike you and you’re the last person who’d ever end up having a blazing row on Facebook.

This can be seen in profile pictures that are bright and vibrant — probably taken with a beaming partner in shot or with a wacky filter.

Agreeable people may have photos that are a little blurry, but everyone will probably be smiling in the picture.

The serious snap

Neurotic people are likely to be negative, unstable and easily overwhelmed.

When something goes wrong, you’re probably the first one to get agitated and blow things out of proportion.

This is reflected in profile photos with darker colors and negative facial expressions — if faces are included at all.

Admit it: The first thing you do after finding someone on social media is take a long, good look at their profile picture. After all, it can say a lot about a person. To prove it, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed 60,000 Twitter users’ photos and asked 429 people to fill out a personality questionnaire. Here’s what they found, as illustrated by a few of our favorite social media loving celebs. (Though the study focused on Twitter profiles, we couldn’t help but pull their fabulous Instagrams as examples!)

If it’s just your face …

You’re conscientious. There’s a reason you didn’t go with the group shot from your last birthday party: You’re trying to come off as older and more mature. You also prefer “orderliness, planned behavior, and self discipline” and chances are your picture is also light, colorful, and natural-looking.

View this post on Instagram

Got my first haircut in years ✂️

A post shared by Lauren Conrad (@laurenconrad) on Oct 22, 2014 at 3:44pm PDT

If it’s a group of people …

You’re extroverted. It might not be the most well-shot pic, but who cares when it shows off all your favorite people? You often come off as youthful in your picture and are photographed with other fun-loving people — but when you’re the life of the party, we bet it’s hard to find a pic that’s not as such.

View this post on Instagram

@hollywoodreporter glam goodness with @jlo @constancezimmer @mssarahcatharinepaulson #juliannamargulies @iamreginaking @kirstendunst -kw’s krew

A post shared by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on May 18, 2016 at 2:27pm PDT

If it’s colorful …

You’re agreeable. Your photo also probably features smiling faces, but that’s not the focal point. In fact, the quality of your photo is likely low in sharpness, blurry, and bright. But in general, it gives off a positive emotion since you tend to evoke social harmony and cooperation.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:30am PDT

If it’s black and white …

You’re neurotic. Since your choice is basically the opposite of colorfulness, it’s likely you’re a little emotional and can be a bit negative at times (bummer, we know). But perhaps grayscale just speaks to your dramatic side.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 7, 2016 at 5:50pm PST

If it’s artsy …

You’re open. We’re talking high-contrast, saturated images. While usually you don’t show your face, when you do, you’re probably making a statement. These unique choices show you’re intellectual and open to new experiences.

View this post on Instagram

Apropos, Koons! 🎂🎈🎉 @thebroadmuseum

A post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Oct 26, 2015 at 2:04am PDT

[via Brit + Co

Lauren Smith McDonough Senior Editor Lauren is a senior editor at Hearst.

  • Conscientiousness: “More conscientious people used pictures that were more natural, colorful and bright. They expressed the most emotions of all the different personality types,” explains PsyBlog.
  • Openness: Awesome pics tended to belong to those high in openness (this trait is strongly linked with creativity). The pictures had more contrast and were generally more artistic or unusual. If the face takes up more of the frame than usual that’s also a good sign of openness.
  • Extraversion: No surprises here: extraverts were often shown surrounded by others, used colorful photos, and smiled broadly.
  • Neuroticism: A simple photo with little color is a sign of high neuroticism. “People higher in neuroticism… were more likely to show a blank expression or even to be hiding their face,” PsyBlog adds.
  • Agreeableness: Nice people aren’t the best photographers it turns out. “Highly agreeable people post relatively poor pictures of themselves…but they are probably smiling and the pictures are bright and lively,” the research showed.

Blacked-out Facebook profiles are back. What does it mean this time?

A black profile and cover photo have been said to be part of a social media campaign against domestic violence.

By Gianluca D’Elia | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Don’t Edit

The black profile picture is back, and it has a message.

Though its specific origin is unknown, social media users have explained that the trend is a movement to show what the world might be like without women.

Some have also traced it back to a chain letter from July 2017.

“Tomorrow, female blackout from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m,” the letter reads. “Its a movement to show what the world might be like without women. Your profile photo should just be a black square so that men wonder where the women are. Pass it only to women … It’s for a project against women abuse. It is no joke. Share it.”

The protest is often accompanied by the hashtags #twitterblackout or #facebookblackout.

This isn’t the first time black profile pictures have circulated the internet. Blacked-out profile pictures were used in 2016, right after President Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

I will not do the pledge. I have no respect for Donald Trump. We are supposed to move forward and be better as a whole. #twitterblackout

— present: nicole (@beyondtheseane) November 9, 2016 Don’t Edit

The social media trend picked up quickly, but it also had its fair share of critics. Though some thought it shared a poignant message, others believed women should be doing just the opposite — making themselves heard, rather than hiding behind blacked-out social media pages.

Here’s what social media had to say about it. Some women are in on it, some are saying it’s ineffective, and some people are just tired of chain letters telling them what to do.

Tomorrow, female blackout from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to show what the world might be like without women. Your Facebook and profile photos should just be a black square so that men wonder where the women are. Pass it only to women … It’s for a project against domestic abuse. pic.twitter.com/mqqGJliktU

— Caraine.812 (@cwellsnj) September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

Re today’s black profile pictures. 1. Yes, it appears that this is copied from a similar event a year ago. So be it. I…

Posted by Eva Moon on Sunday, September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

I have now received over 100 private messages about a women’s blackout tomorrow on Facebook. While I appreciate the…

Posted by Patti Digh on Saturday, September 29, 2018 Don’t Edit Don’t Edit

I’m not down with the black out protest on Facebook. I’ve been invisible the majority of my life to men, and people in positions of power. I won’t be complicit in my further minimization. It took me too long to learn how NOT to be unseen and unheard. Not for me. #blackoutwomen

— M.M. Schill (@mm_schill) September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

I have decided not to “black out” tomorrow on @facebook Women are too important to go silent. If anything, we need to be seen, and heard more! #dontblackout #votethemout

— Amanda Thornburg (@AmandaThornburg) September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

Re the women’s Facebook blackout thing:. What a fine time to con women into silence and invisibility…..while we’re…

Posted by Karina B. Heart on Saturday, September 29, 2018 Don’t Edit

I’ve been getting a lot of DMs on Facebook about a “female blackout”. One of those “turn your profile picture to black & get off social media” things. Making ourselves invisible will not be a catalyst for our freedom. Some thoughts:

— nora rahimian (@norarahimian) September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

Checked my facebook and had six messages about some sort of womens black out. Miss me with that tbh. I’ll be here loud and visible (and annoying) as usual.

— whitnaeys targaryen (@whitneyleann_r) October 1, 2018 Don’t Edit Don’t Edit

Who is responsible for this women blackout??? I honestly don’t think men care if your opinions disappear from social…

Posted by Halona Black on Saturday, September 29, 2018 Don’t Edit

Is there a wrong way to peacefully protest? Asking for a gazillion women who are flinging around holier-than-thou Facebook posts about why they did or didn’t black out their profile pic today.
They’ve done it again, ladies. Now what? #ahousedivided

— Elizabeth Rose (@thereallizarose) October 1, 2018 Don’t Edit

In response to the several messages about this “female blackout” business on Facebook: pic.twitter.com/GLw8SeAUvm

— Emily Ellsworth Coleman (@editoremilye) September 30, 2018 Don’t Edit

Gianluca D’Elia may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @gianluca_delia. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

Don’t Edit