Facebook "Likes" Patterns Reveal Trove of Personal Information - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

You may want to think twice the next you decide to “like” something on Facebook. According to a study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, what you r Facebook “likes” may reveal more about you to advertisers than you think.

Researchers of the study analyzed the like patterns of 58,000 American Facebook users to make guesses about their personalities and behavior and matched them with results from a personality test. Results concluded that a majority of users’ personal information, such as sexual orientation, race, politics and even drug use, can be revealed through what people like on Facebook. Something as simple as endorsing “Glee” may reveal a male’s sexual orientation.

While most guesses had as much as a 90-percent accuracy rate, others such as one’s drug use were deemed “poor” with a rate 0f 65 percent.

Read more at NY Daily News.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine, EBONY.com, New York Amsterdam News, Loop21.com and Newsone.com. Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.


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