The Most Common Internet Personality

Imagine the average Internet user. Would it be a reclusive nerd, or a companionable social networker? Would their favorite pastime be writing witty blog/forum posts, or commenting (ever so eloquently) on YouTube? Would they lol about lolcats?

Here’s some completely unscientific research on these burning questions :

The Myers-Briggs type indicator is a popular way to label analyze someone’s personality. It classifies everyone into one of sixteen personality types. The test is also available online, which means that many users will take the test and post their results on the Web. So lets count the Google hits for each personality type and we should get a rough estimate of how common each type is.

The number of Google search results for various Myers-Briggs personality types

Some context for the Top 3 results (stolen from personalitypage.com) :

#1 ENTP – “The Visionary”

Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into “one-up-manship”. They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.

#2 ISTP – “The Mechanic”

Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.

#3 INTP – “The Thinker”

Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Highly value knowledge, competence and logic. Quiet and reserved, hard to get to know well. Individualistic, having no interest in leading or following others.

Personally, I’m with #4 – INTJ “The Scientist” :)

Note : I’m aware there’s almost certainly some self-selection bias is at play here, i.e. people with certain personality traits are more likely to post their test results online. But hey, it worked for xkcd.

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4 Responses to “The Most Common Internet Personality”

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  2. Adrian says:

    Hi!. Thanks for the info. I’ve been digging around for info, but there is so much out there. Google lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back over here in a few days to see if there is any more info.

  3. Alexander says:

    Hi!. Thanks for the blog. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the great information. I will be coming back in a couple of days to see if there is updated posts.

  4. I’ve always guessed that INTJ and INTP would dominate in terms of those that use the Internet most as a social place – such as using forums, message boards, etc. frequently. I’m sure these days all types are online a lot, but those seem the ones most likely to make a lifestyle of it. But just my speculation.

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