Despite my life being online, my privacy wasn’t really a something that came to my mind. However after taking the ‘Privacy Paradox’ examination I realized a few interesting things. First off – I’m not alone. Numerous other individuals with my name exist, including an artist installing vintage arcade machines into inner city areas. Second, I was rather dumbfounded by just how much data I was letting apps and other programs on my phone have access to. Contacts, voice, everything. It honestly surprised me, even with my privacy personality being ‘A realist’.
What I found super weird was the Magic Sauce analysis. According to it and my Facebook, I was 58% likely to be male…That is until I realized I still had likes from an ex. After fiddling with a few things, I became more likely to be female, at 55%. It was just weird to see just how much changed after a few changes, and how weird my targeted ads became on Pandora and YouTube. This became even more apparent when I suddenly got ads for Victoria Secret underwear and Ulta beauty. Out of curiosity, I wrote down what every item I was affiliated with (Feel free to judge as you may want, the following is just for those who really enjoy data):
Facebook – Male,Conservative and traditional, organized and hard working, Intelligence, less homosexuality (Male), more Lutherian, more interest in art, more IT interest.
District 9 – Male, less interest in psychology.
Avatar – More Male, laid back and relaxed, team working and trusting, more likely to be lesbian, more libertarian, less religion, less interest in psychology, single and not single.
Slurpee – Feminine, less involved in politics, less likely to be Lutheran, more interest in psychology, less interest in art and IT and more likely to be married.
Animals – Feminine, contemplative, less interest in IT, dating.
Psych – Feminine, Impulsive and spontaneous, laid back, less lesbian, more Lutheran, single.
Simpsons – Conservative and traditional, competitive, hard working, less libertarian, more liberal, more interest in art, dating.
Saturday Night Live – Conservative and Traditional, less lesbian, more involved with politics, more liberal, more religious (Specifically Jewish), greater interest in art, less so in IT, single.
Lily Allen – Impulsive, competitive, engaged with the outside world, emotional, depressed, more gay (Both male and female), liberal, Jewish.
Kingdom Hearts – Impulsive and spontaneous, gay (Male).
Photography – Contemplative, liberal and artistic, emotional, happy with life, less involved in politics, less liberal, less Jewish, less IT, married.
Philosophy – Contemplative, competitive, laid back, artistic, intelligent, more libertarian, less religious, more into psychology, less interested in art.
Poetry – Liberal and artistic, less religious, more interested in psychology,
Starbucks – Organized and hard working, engaged with the outside world, dumb, happy with life, less gay (Male), more involved in politics, less liberal, more religious, more Lutheran, in a relationship and married (or at least dating).
Baseball – Engaged with the outside world, less libertarian, more religious, less interested in psychology.
Across the Universe – Team working and trusting, dating.
Beatles – Team working and trusting, dumb, happy, less gay (Male), more political, more Jewish, less Lutheran, dating.
Pandora – Intelligent.
YouTube – Dumb, depressed, less lesbian, less involved in politics, less liberal, less Jewish and Lutheran, less interested in art, single.
Pop-Tarts – Depressed, gay, libertarian, less Jewish.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – More Lesbian.