A Masculine-Sounding Woman
I want to loop back to something that happened about a week ago. The twins and I did Note to Self’s Privacy Paradox together. It was pretty good. I wish they had spent more time covering the pros and cons of some of the suggestions — it’s fine to point out an add-on, but the listener should also know how that add-on may affect their Internet experience — but, overall, it was a good reminder of how we are tracked every single second of the day.
One of the activities included a site where you could plug in a sample of your writing and it would analyze you in the same way trackers analyze and categorize you as you surf the web. Not every “fact” that data gathererers like Facebook have about you are correct. Some of them have been inferred by what you like or how long you spend on a site or how you word things.
This site, Apply Magic Sauce, states that it “accurately predicts psychological traits from digital footprints of human behaviour.” I used the cut-and-paste feature to feed it a bunch of random blog posts. The magic sauce is fairly certain that I sound like I’m in my mid-twenties and my psychological gender is masculine.
I’m more liberal (yes), more impulsive than organized (no), more contemplative (yes), more competitive (no), and more laid back (no).
Though it gave a deeper description that felt a little more accurate later on the page.
Lastly, it told me my leadership potential.
I’ve never taken that personality test, so I’m not sure whether I actually am an INTP, though it sounded pretty accurate reading the description.
What made me so amused was that each post I fed into the site came back with a high probability of being male. Other facets of my personality changed. I wasn’t always an INTP. I wasn’t always in my twenties. But I always male. The lowest rating I got was 75% (“your probability of being male is 75%”), but most of the time it was in the high 90s. Even my Valentine’s Day post yielded a 94% chance of identifying as male.
It made me wonder how I am categorized by various sites. Do they know I’m a woman? Do they know I’m introverted? That I prefer solids to prints, paint to wallpaper, indoors to outdoors? Do they know I always eat yogurt for breakfast? That I care about environmental issues?
By the way, this post stating above that I am a woman still yielded an 82% chance of being male. And it tells me I sound like I’m 22 years old. But I’m still an INTP, so there’s that.
Go feed one of your posts into the site and tell me how it categorized you.