How Likable Are You Really?


In 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared loneliness and social isolation a global public health concern with effects as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Whether we admit it or not, we all crave a sense of belonging and want to be liked. How likable we are depends in part on inherited personality traits such as extraversion and introversion, as well as our environments and traumas. We can work on being more empathetic individuals who have a net positive effect on the people around us. Becoming super popular isn't the goal; self-actualization and human connection are. For much of this quiz, we'll outline various social scenarios. Your job is to choose your most likely response to the changing sets of circumstances. By the end, you'll have some idea of how likable you are and what you might do differently to be perceived as a more pleasant person who people feel comfortable around.

History Lesson

The Evolution of Popularity: A Quick Look Back

Popularity isn't a modern-day phenomenon; it's been a part of human society since the dawn of civilization. In ancient times, social status was often tied to one's lineage or role in society, such as being a noble or a warrior. But it wasn’t just about power—charisma and personal deeds also played crucial roles. The Romans, for instance, held public figures in high regard if they demonstrated virtus (courage) and gravitas (seriousness), qualities that elevated their social standing and made them popular among their peers.

As we moved into the Middle Ages and then the Renaissance, popularity began to shift with the emergence of the courtly and chivalric codes. Here, popularity wasn't just about bravery in battle but also about artistry, intellect, and etiquette. The idea of the 'Renaissance man' who was well-versed in both the arts and the sciences became the new benchmark for likability. This period highlighted the importance of being a well-rounded individual, setting the stage for more nuanced forms of popularity as society became more complex.

In the modern era, technology has radically transformed how popularity is gained and understood. The rise of mass media, and later social media, created celebrities and public figures whose popularity could be measured by their number of followers and likes. This digital age has democratized popularity, allowing virtually anyone to achieve a form of celebrity through platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, where visibility is often equated with popularity, regardless of traditional status or achievements. As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape, the concept of popularity continues to morph, reflecting the values and technologies of each generation.


Did you know?

Do you know what behaviors present as green flags or red flags?

Every time we meet someone new or interact with people we've known for some time, our minds are constantly working a mile a minute to decipher social cues. We parse through what they say and do, often at a subconscious level, to determine how safe they are to be around and whether they have our best interests at heart. We pick up on so-called red flags and green flags. The former refers to signs to proceed with caution, and the latter indicates that someone is non-toxic and will likely improve our lives if they become a part of it. Sometimes, the signs can be inconsistent with what we know of someone, but humans are complex and ever-changing, so it makes sense for there to be confusion and beige flags in the mix. Green flags include good relationships with friends and/or family members, respecting others' opinions and boundaries, a notable rapport with animals, and kindness to people with less power, for example.

How to Play?

Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)

So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!

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