Remember those days when Facebook was just introduced? We were so meticulous about what went into our profiles. After all, every word, every picture represented us as individuals in a vast and global world where we are otherwise just another screen name. Now all our friends on our newsfeed are taking quizzes and posting the results with either indignation or triumph. Thanks to sites like Buzzfeed, the popularity of finding how Which Jane Austen Character You Are? or How Hipster Are You, Really? have become the internet activity du jour. What is the fascination with quizzes?
Social networking sites pride themselves on bringing people all over the world to your newsfeed, but maybe all this socializing is starting to get to us. Maybe if we think too hard, view too many clichéd, prosaic posts from acquaintances, we constantly feel inadequate and boring. Maybe we’ve started to question just how unique and individual we really are. Posting selfies are all fine and dandy, but that perfected pout only goes so far when we don’t know who we are without the filter. So we’ve started taking quizzes to find out.
The problem with taking these quizzes, whether in earnest or irony, is that even if we rig the quiz to get the answer we want, we are seldom happy with the results. We all think we’re the Katniss, the Khaleesi, the Alpha in every scenario – our arrogance hasn’t subsided so much as our desperate need to verify our self-importance has evolved. Quiz results provide a way to articulate the way we feel about ourselves with a pseudo-modest swagger that exists so frequently on social networks. In other words, if the quiz said it, it must be true.
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Guest Author Bio
According to certain quizzes, Mallory is a Hermione and her dream guy is Mr. Knightley. She lives in New York and works in publishing.