Thursday, June 19, 2014

Identity Crisis - Facebook Style

Who are you anyhow? We’re all trying to figure out who we are - or so Facebook seems to believe. And they’re doing their best to help us answer the Big Question.

Almost every day there’s a new quiz, designed to help us puzzle out our identity. There’s usually an attractive graphic and a provocative question that begs to be answered. You click on the graphic and are taken to a page where you answer a series of queries that supposedly will tell you where you fit in the grand scheme of things. More often than not, I can’t resist. Here are some of my results:

What color is your mind?
Blue - I don’t remember exactly what this signifies, but I think it’s that I’m calm and reasonable. Am I? Depends on who you ask - and what day you ask them.

What US city should you live in?
San Diego - I’ve never been to San Diego, but I’ve heard great things about it, so that’s okay. I wonder, though, do they have many earthquakes in this part of California? If so, no thank you. I grew up in Missouri, in Tornado Alley, and that’s bad enough. I really don’t think I could handle a major earthquake.

What type of woman are you really?
The mother - I was hoping for something a bit more exciting, but no one can deny the importance of mothers. Of course, the quiz didn’t say if I’d make a good or a bad mother, so I’m not sure that this tells me anything. However, since I really am a mother and my kids turned out pretty good, I’ll count this a positive.

What will you be remembered for?
Your amazing empathy - Empathy is a great quality but, again, I was hoping for something more exciting.

What kind of imagination do you have?
Dreamer - Spot on. I am a dreamer, but isn’t everyone?

Which US president are you?
George Washington - From all accounts, I think he was a pretty good guy. No complaints about this. I have to tell you, though. I CAN tell a lie.

Who would you be in medieval times?
A damsel, unmarried and living near the King and Queen’s castle - I’d really rather be the Queen, but at least I’m not living in a hut in the middle of the deep, dark forest, surrounded by packs of wolves. I do like castles. There’s a castle-turned-museum in my town and ... forgive me for mentioning it ... I set a book there. 

Which Downton Abbey character are you?
Sybil Crawley - I have mixed feelings about this one. In case you’ve forgotten, Sybil is the sister who died in childbirth a couple of seasons ago. I really, really liked Sybil, but I’d rather be someone who lived.

Which classic novel are you?
Call of the Wild - Totally off base. I don’t know how they came up this. I didn’t even particularly like the book. By the way, I've nothing against wolves, even though, as I've already said, I don't want to be surrounded by them.

Who were you during the Renaissance?
William Shakespeare - Ah, yes. This one, I like - and I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

How about you? Do you ever succumb to those quizzes? If so, how close do they come to what you think you are?

One last thought (and probably the important question): How many words could I add to my WIP if I stayed off Facebook?

 




15 comments:

  1. Hi Sandy--
    I've never taken a facebook quiz but they sound like fun. However it would be another cool thing that would keep me away from writing so I'd better stay away from them. I liked Sybil Crawley on Downton Abbey, too!
    Victoria--

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    1. You're very wise, Victoria. The fb quiz things are fun, but a real time-suck. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I swear I will nevr take another one right after I take one and right before I take another. I try to stay off FB as much as I can. Sometimes it works; sometimes not so much.

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    1. I hear you, Kathye - loud and clear.

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  3. Those things are such a time suck! I've had to swear them off. And by the way, I'm Sybil, too. My rock 'n' roll name is Rocket Dreamer. I'm also Princess Leia, and my city is New York.

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    1. Karen, it sounds like you're as bad as I am - or at least you were until you swore off. Rocket Dreamer is a great name. You might want to keep it in mind in case in case you ever need a break from this writing gig.

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  4. Great post Sandy. I do not succumb to these quizzes, mostly because I'm usually at work and generally don't have time for them. Now, if I were retired and supposed to be working on my book full-time, I would probably succumb.

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    1. That just may be another reason to keep that full-time job, Kay. Who knows? You may actually be ahead in time spent on the WIP.

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  6. I always wind up as evil. I've been Maleficent in a Disney character quiz, Loki in an Avengers quiz, and have a mischievous imagination. Embrace the dark side. It's warm and cuddly.

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    1. I'm jealous, Gina. That's SO much more interesting than anything I ever got.

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  7. (sigh) Yes, I take these silly quizzes, mostly for personal amusement, I guess. I don't think I've EVER taken a quiz that told me something about myself I didn't already know! And of course, a lot of times I swear they're wrong. Case in point:

    This morning I took the "Can We Guess Your Real Age?" after my going-on-15-year-old girl took it. I got 34 ... and SHE got 42!

    (Let's just say I haven't see either of those ages in quite some time.)

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    1. Have to agree, Sierra. They are fun. I think I remember taking the Age quiz a while and got 32 - haven't seen that age for a while either.

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  8. Gosh, yes. But not often. I have Greco-Celtic origins according to the shape of my toes. Years ago, I took one that was so gender-biased, if you were female and in anyway focused, you were a barracuda, if male, you were a wimp. I think they can be fun but they can be dangerous. I don't mind having Greco-Celtic toes but a barracuda because I'm determined? No thanks. Fun post, Sandy!

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    1. Thanks, Leigh. You just brought an important point: these things could be dangerous if taken seriously - and there are probably people who do that - not many, I hope.

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