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The intense push to pump out as many quizzes as possible started a couple of months ago after Buzzfeed editors realized that a quiz called "Which 'Grease' Pink Lady are you?" ranked among the most-trafficked posts of 2013. Then, in mid-January, a quiz called "Which city should you actually live in?" went viral, and the whole venture just took off like wildfire, Burton says.
There are no specific rules regarding quiz-making, but each one follows the same age-old general format: You start with the results and work backward based on general personality traits that go with each answer. "If you take a 'Parks and Rec' quiz and you get Leslie Knope, then you're very enthusiastic," Burton says. "It's almost like you pick three or four adjectives, and then those kind of go into figuring out what the answers for each question are going to be. And assigning them to a result."
The trick to creating an addictive personality quiz is similar to the art of writing a good horoscope. It has to be broad and all-encompassing yet make people believe the answer applies to them personally. We know there's little substance to them, and yet we can't seem to stop taking them. The quizzes are overwhelmingly upbeat and lighthearted in nature, a calculated decision by the people engineering them. After all, they're designed to be an affirmation of how you see yourself, not an assessment of who you really are.
"Quizzes are an investment of someone's time," Burton says. "So it feels like it would almost be mean for someone to go through the process of taking the quiz and have it say, 'You're really cynical and negative and nobody likes being around you.' The ideal is that the qualities are specific enough that it feels personal, but they're also a compliment."
And you can take them over and over until you get the answer that validates your own assumptions about yourself. Noh says she may have (ahem) taken the "Which rapper are you?" quiz quite a few times until she was satisfied with the result. "I kept getting Eminem, which I was unhappy about," she says. "I was like, 'I really want Kanye, so I'm gonna answer these questions until I get Kanye West.'"
"Those questions are easier to answer than a real personality test," Seidman says. "It's very easy to say, 'This is the candy that I like, this is the movie that I like.' You can turn it into some information about yourself — without actually doing the hard work of really thinking hard about yourself."
Intelligence personnel in the former Soviet Union used similar tactics to secretly gather information from electric typewriters at U.S. government offices in Moscow and Leningrad more than 30 years ago.
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Artists who have influenced me are: Claude Monet, Gwen Frostic, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Beth Akerman. I discovered the art of Claude Monet on the back of a Reader's Digest magazine. Later, I checked out every book on art and architecture, a few at a time, from the library in Jackson, Michigan. One of my favorite styles of painting is Impressionism, which has such beautiful colors.
I recently led a photography cohort on Google Plus for those at work who were interested in learning more about photography. We are planning to take and use more of our own photos. We had a lot of fun. I have also taken two photography classes on Google Plus, one from +Sumit Sen in India, and one from +Beth Akerman in Ohio.
I consider myself an interpreter: I edit information for the web, I am an early adopter of technologies and help others to learn, I translate requirements into computer programming code, and I am also a leader in helping people to understand each other. In helping people to understand one another, an important part of this leadership is to develop two-way trust where people are not afraid to speak the truth, where they understand themselves as well as others, and where they can change and allow others to change.
I believe there are no stupid questions, and that the most important attitude to have toward others is respect. I like solving problems, and I’m constantly looking for ways to improve things.
I read a couple of sayings recently that I agree with, and that describe my writing style. The first is: “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” (Enrique Jardiel Poncela) The second is: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
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