Hi! I'm the guy who's name you can see next to this post! As most of you know, I recently sent out a mass friend request to anyone I saw on the front page's Online Members section. This no doubt confused you, and only one fifth of you have accepted as of the time I'm writing this. What many of you do not know is that my actions on the night of September 21, 2013 to the morning of September 22, 2013 were all part of a social experiment that I devised. Let me explain.
You see, I've always been annoyed by tests that will classify you as a definite introvert or extrovert. At the end of almost every one of these tests, they will explain that there will be outliers, but I've found that the added up percentage of these "outliers" is barely a minority to the percentage of people who pretty much show standard characteristics of introverts/extroverts. So I decided that since this forum layout offers so many forms of communication, I'd add everyone who was online as a friend and see what percentage matched up to which group.
Group 1: Extroverts Outliers
Extroverts will always form a majority in these tests, because depending on which statistics you look at, there is about a 1:1 to 2:1 ratio of Extroverts to Introverts (excluding the "outliers"). Plus, they seem more open to these sorts of tests, and this test did not prove that false. Over 80% of the people who accepted my friend request did so without asking me who I was or notifying me of any research in any way. It is assumed by me that you simply accepted the request, and were perfectly OK with me as long as I didn't cause trouble. See the first update on page four for my reasons of changing this group.
Group 2: Extroverts showing introverted traits (ESITs)
These made up about 7 percent of the people who accepted my requests. They would contact me through Visitor Message, ask about me, maybe ask about the experiment, and then leave. They were very social in meeting someone, and used the common "First Time Meeting" social protocol in their writings. They wanted to know a bit about me before they accepted or rejected my request, but not so much that there was none for later.
Group 3: High Functioning Introverts
Before I start on this, I'd like to say that "High Functioning" just means they can act "normal" in a social situation, but they are still worn out from it at the end of the day. These people used the same protocol in inquiring about me, but sent me PMs instead of Visitor Messages so they didn't expose anything publicly. They asked several follow up questions rather than the one that might have occurred by the ESITs, but they still used the standard "First Time Meeting" language. These made up for 7 percent of what was left, and they were very friendly.
Group 4: Introverts
This group exhibits very analytic characteristics, and preferred to know as much as possible before accepting or rejecting my requests. In fact, in the six percent that responded I am including some that rejected the request, because they were perfect examples of the Introvert. They asked a long series of questions in a more professional manner than the "get to know you" kind of way the High Functioning Introverts did, and even then some didn't feel they knew enough to accept the request (they did reject me politely, but everyone does that). In fact, one went so far as to dig into my Visitor Messages to find out what was going on before sending me a PM telling me to publish the results and wishing me luck. Some people I thought to be High Functioning at first were moved here after an introductory PM, and vice versa.
As for every test, there are outliers, but I did manage to eliminate a few. For instance, some of you I might have put into the extroverted category might have just not wanted to respond out of introverted issues in communicating with someone you barely know. There was one person that I hope doesn't mind being called out that I couldn't place in the proper category, because she would send things in the open to my VMs and then ask follow up questions using the same format, so Mimi, I put you smack in the middle of the ESITs and the High Functioners.
If you want to discus this test, feel free. I'd like to know what went through your minds when it was happening, and why you accepted or rejected. And for those 300-400 that did reject, why? Let me know below, I enjoyed working with y'all! Happy posting!