Facebook and social media have caused us to have completely different egos online. Everyone displays who they want to be online as opposed to who they are.
Let’s face it, we all have about 500-1000 friends or more on Facebook – and probably every single one of them gets on your nerves with their postings. People on Facebook are really annoying, especially ones that post bullshit quotes to make them look enlightened. In fact, Canadian researchers say there is a link between low intelligence and being impressed by seemingly profound quotes.
According to a Canadian research study from the University of Waterloo those annoying people who post quotes bullshit quotes are actually pretty freakin’ dumb. In the research paper, “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit, PhD candidate Gordon Pennycook and four other researchers assert that there is a link between low intelligence and being impressed by seemingly profound quotes.”
Researchers from Waterloo used a website called sebpearce.com, which generates random statements to sound profound like,“This life is nothing short of an ennobling oasis of self-aware faith,” or, “Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is guidance.”
“I came across the website, I just kind of thought about if there was any research on this; I wanted to know if people thought those statements were profound,” Pennycook told VICE. “I often see quotes [on my newsfeed] that are maybe not quite as egregious, but you see a lot of motivational ones… there’s quotes and a picture of somebody who obviously did not say the quote—you come across that quite often.”
The study tested nearly 300 participants that were presented with various statements, including those of the BS variety. The participants were asked to react to them by rating their profoundness on a scale of one to five, classifying quotes as either profound, bullshit, or mundane. They also took tests to measure their cognitive ability and personality.
The paper gave the following as an example of a statement participants were asked to respond to: “Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty.”
Image courtesy of the film ‘Dumb and Dumber.’