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Lisa and Graham live in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

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What can you and I learn from online quizzes?

I see an awful lot of online quizzes on Facebook; what sort of person are you ? / how much do you know? type stuff. And sometimes, I'll have a go - not because I have a huge faith in the results, but rather because they lead me to thought and reflection on myself, on my knowledge, and how such quizzes are constructed, crafted and at times coerce the taker into answers that will give a positive result.

Why do the authors want a positive result most of the time? Because they want you to share the test results on Facebook to your friends and do a little bit of Pyramid selling of their advertisers which the tests carry.

I'm a spoilsport; I don't usually share.
* It's unlikely that my Facebook friends really care that I love the colour green
* I don't want to appear smug [other words could apply] when I post a rather positive result
* I'm not really a "private" person, yet I feel that I would be giving too much of myself away - exposing myself, if you like - were I to post
I have however been logging a lot of my test results, and they've been things that I've tried quite a few of over the summer while the enviornment both at work and home hasn't been conducive to concentrattion (easy to do little things; hard to concentrate on bigger things with - well - customer service and Bobby).

The more serious business of these quizzes, and sharing of them via social media, it that it helps the social media operators build a profile to target advertising and content delivery ...





Just in case ... here's my log from some odd moments over the last month or so ... really not sure I should be putting this anywhere ...

[try] http://www.buzzfeed.com/floperry/how-well-do-you-know-the-tube-map
24 out of 25

[try] http://www.buzzfeed.com/floperry/how-many-animals-do-you-know
22 out of 26

[try] http://quizdoo.com/how-color-blind-are-you/quiz11
8 out of 10

[try] http://survley.com/what-dwarf-are-you.html
You Are Bashful

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/rebeccam16/what-is-the-first-body-part-people-notice-about-you
Your best feature is your smile!

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/gregs/what-is-your-subconscious-obsessed-with
Your subconscious is obsessed with FOOD!

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/countryoutfitterstyle10/how-many-southern-words-and-phrases-do-you-know
9 out of 16

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/jennifers/which-little-miss-character-is-just-like-you
Little Miss Wise

[try] http://www.brainfall.com/quizzes/what-type-of-parent-are-you/
You are a Laid-back, Progressive Parent.

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/katelynw11/which-chakra-are-you-guided-by
Crown

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/elaineb10/what-is-the-color-of-your-aura
Your aura is: Blue

[try] http://anotherquiz.com/can-you-name-these-movies-from-the-80s/results.html
Too Busy You were too busy or you are too busy to remember too many 80's movies.

[try] http://www.playbuzz.com/larak10/what-country-in-the-world-best-fits-your-personality
Iceland

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-answer-11-basic-medical-questions-/index.html
11 out of 11 - Dr. Know It All

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/do-you-know-anything-about-america-/index.html
12 out of 15 - A True American!

[try] http://en.what-character-are-you.com/d/en/269/0.html
Which song was written about you?
Your song is "Wild Thing" by The Troggs

[try] http://en.what-character-are-you.com/d/en/277/0.html
At heart you are 19

[try] http://bitecharge.com/play/memory
Your memory score is: 95/100

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/how-many-general-knowledge-questions-can-you-answer/index.html
15 out of 15 - Sponge-like Brain!

[try] http://bitecharge.com/play/together
Can we guess how long you've been together?
Happily together for: 43 years

[try] http://www.bodaciouz.com/q/how_many_kids/index.php?lang=en&ad_lang=en&go_straight_too=1
You will have 3 kids!

[try] http://www.brainfall.com/quizzes/what-word-describes-you/
What Word Describes You? You are Narcissistic!

[try] http://www.quizfreak.com/can-you-correctly-answer-10-trick-question/
Can You Correctly Answer 10 Trick Question
Fool-Proof!

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-answer-11-questions-on-etiquette-(true-or-false-quiz)/index.html
9 out of 11 - Very Classy!!

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-answer-11-questions-about-fashion-/index.html
8 out of 11 - Fashion Fabulous!

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-complete-these-wise-words-of-life-quotes-/index.html
10 out of 11 - A Wise Philosopher

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-pass-a-6th-grade-final-exam-/index.html
13 out of 13. A Student !!

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/how-much-do-you-deserve-to-get-paid-/index.html
YOU GOT $7-$12/hour

[try] http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-answer-10-general-knowledge-questions/index.html
10 out of 10 Sponge-Like

[try] http://www.quizony.com/what-kind-of-old-person-will-you-be/index.html
When you are old, you will be... Wise
(written 2014-09-27)

 
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