Which Type of Facebook User Are You?

Facebook is a massive social network with 2 billion people using the service every month.

For some, it is a tool for connecting with far-off relatives and friends while others use it is a way to show off their creative abilities, like pretty nail arts or aesthetics of photography. Some of us even use it to stay current with the news and the world.

According to a research paper published in International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, Facebook users fall into 4 broad categories:

  • Relationship builders
  • Window shoppers
  • Town criers
  • Selfies

These four categories emerged from a survey that asked subjects to respond to a list of 48 statements like,

  • “Facebook is a source of stress, and it depresses me”
  • “Facebook is an instant way to ask for help or something I need from people.”
  • And many more.

So what are these four types of Facebook users and which category do you belong to? Read on to find out.

Relationship builders

For these users, Facebook is a medium to connect with their loved ones not just a virtual social society.

Relationship builders frequently post and share on Facebook and engage themselves in conversation with their friends. This category also comments on the posts, pictures and videos shared by their friends and family and uses Facebook as a means to enhance connectivity and strengthen relationships.

A user from this category was interviewed after the survey and she said that she didn’t call her family often so ‘Facebook was an easy way to say ‘hi’ and share a bit of love.’

Window Shoppers

These people are the ones who use Facebook due to their sense of social obligation but rarely post their information on it.

This category uses Facebook as a means to look into the profiles of someone they like *cough* stalkers *cough* and to be aware of their likes and relationship status. Clark Callahan, one of the paper’s co-authors, called Facebook window shopping as the social-media equivalent of people watching.

Window shoppers barely post status updates, pictures or videos on Facebook. They also prefer not to comment or like posts from others. A “window shopper” said that Facebook was not a place to “post things about myself or just about my daily life, or what I did on Saturday—because I think people who want to know me will be around doing it with me.”

Town Criers

These are the people like social media activitists, professional journalists, social workers, and event organizers who broadcast information on Facebook which they want to share openly with their close and distant connections.

Unlike relationship builders, their social media life is different from their real lives and they do not care if anyone likes or comments on their posts or not.

These people post ‘little to no information’ about their personal lives on Facebook. However, if does not mean that they have no social lives rather they would use a phone to call or message their contacts instead of using Facebook.

Selfies

The last but not the least, is the selfie group whom, for both the good and the bad, we are very familiar with.

Selfies use Facebook similarly to the to the relationship builders — updating their social media page by posting pictures and videos — but they do it primarily to seek attention, claim the researchers.

Revitalized by the likes and comments, the selfies agreed with statements like: “The more ‘like’ notification alarms I receive, the more I feel approved by my peers.”

Speaking in a study interview, one “selfie” explained that:

“Taking a picture and letting it sit on my phone makes it nothing and useless, but once I post something on Facebook, it shows I’ve done something.”

The study also found that selfies were found to be least bothered by the accuracy of their self that they presented online.

What category do you belong to? Share in the comments section.


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    • Abdul WAHAB

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  • Xahid

    Which type of facebook user are you?

    The one who left facebook a long ago….

    • Leave Facebook Leave the Earth : p

      • Xahid

        No, Actually Leave Facebook leave the headache.

        • Actually Jab Sir Dard Hota Hai Tab He Facebook Chalata ho : Tab Dard Door Ho Jata hai :

          • PRINCE OF DARKNESS

            You consider Facebook as nothing but a pass-time hobby, and I understand that.

            But you’ve no idea that you’re handing over sensitive information to a public giant that’s infamous for using users information for its own gain.

            I used to surf internet on Free Basics when I had no Wifi access on my Zong SIM, and you know what happened?

            Suggestions start to pop-up in my Facebook Account based on my searches and posts I posted via Free Basics!

            Creepy!

            P.S Yes, I do have a Facebook account because it’s considered ‘mandatory’ by The Public in today’s age.

            Otherwise, you’ll have to endure a TON of unwanted flinches and grins!

            “What, you don’t have Facebook ID? What year is it, 2002”

            Said one of my office colleagues, once. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she said that! It’s like as if she’d seen a living, walking, talking ape, a monkey or a mongoose or something! Perhaps, a BigFoot, even!

            With that being said, one won’t find any ramblings, ranting about my personal life there! Besides, I use it just once or twice a month! One have to move in a society, after all, so I made an ID to get rid of those funny stares! Annoying, isn’t it?

            A word of advise: On Facebook, one have to exercise caution!

            You’ll thank me later, brother!

            Good Day!

    • PRINCE OF DARKNESS

      You’re not alone, brother.

      I’m with you!

  • PRINCE OF DARKNESS

    Call me an idiot if you like, but I’m strictly “Anti-Facebook”.

    A wise man once said: “Privacy is a privilege”.

    And hence I respect my privacy and consider it a privilege bestowed upon me, which is in stark contrast to BILLIONS of other people who love to share each and every single moments of their lives without knowing, or willfully ignoring the consequences associated with such ‘publicity of personal matters’ (< As I like to call it).

    My name, my education, my job, my interests, my hobbies, my personality, my perspective, my family and my everyday life is mine, and mine only. And the same is true for every single human being on this planet.

    The moment you share a personal matter with others, it no longer stays personal, it becomes a public property! And we all know how we tend to treat public property. We vandalize it at any chance we get!

    Think about it for a moment or two.

    Good Day!

  • Me is a Window Shopper.