I’m always amazed by the insights Foursquare’s data science team are able to glean from observing the habits of people who check in everywhere they go. Researchers at Cardiff University, though, are looking to take those insights one step further — by correlating the personality types of Foursquare users with the places they visit.
Are neurotic types more likely to visit coffee shops? Do extraverted types spend more time at the bar?
To help answer their questions, they’ve built a Foursquare app that invites you to take a 44-question personality test (it took me three minutes to complete). When you’re done, you can see all the places you’ve been on a map. Clicking each place shows your personality score compared to other test takers who’ve been there, so you can see where you stand against the venue’s average visitors and the average score for the area.
The data, of course, is pretty sparse at this point, but as each new user contributes their personality score and Foursquare history to the project it stands to get better, providing a clearer picture for both the researchers and the users who’ve agreed to help out. It will be interesting to check back in a few weeks and compare my results to other users in the area.
Give the Foursquare Personality Experiment a try a let us know what you think in the comments.