myPersonality was a popular Facebook application that allowed users to take real psychometric tests, and allowed us to record (with consent!) their psychological and Facebook profiles. Currently, our database contains more than 6,000,000 test results, together with more than 4,000,000 individual Facebook profiles. Our respondents come from various age groups, backgrounds, and cultures. They are highly motivated to answer honestly and carefully, as the only gratification that they receive for their participation is feedback on their results.
A wide variety of data is available to the registered collaborators, including:
You will find more details about the available data in the Download Databases section. To make your life easier, we preprocess most of the data. We calculate scores, recode variables, remove invalid records, anonymize results, etc. Note that not all of recorded (or potentially recordable) variables are currently available (let us know if you need something to be added). If you need help, or want to clarify or elaborate on something, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck with your research!
(Updated October 2015)
myPersonality started out in June 2007 as David's personal side project, between finishing undergraduate studies and beginning postgraduate studies. After becoming popular, it was only then that we considered its research possibilities. David's PhD research, which was already proposed in February 2007, is in the area of decision-making. This is why myPersonality has close academic links; however, it is a standalone business.
And what the heck is this Facebook?! Well, nearly 50% of the population in quite a few countries are “on Facebook.” This includes 98% of students in the UK and quite possibly your grandma too… she just hasn't added you as a friend! As always, though, there are drawbacks: