I’m a big procrastinator, so when it’s a delight when I find something new and entirely useless to play with. We were recently watching the Dave Gorman show on Dave and he brought a social profiling website to our attention.
The idea of it is they collate information from lots of people’s interests and create social profiles/demographics for brands, TV shows and interests. I assume it’s a marketing tool, but like any tool, there’s always room for mildly entertaining misuse.
We wanted to see where we fit in, so Accidental Hipster Dad and I gave it a go.
He went first, using his favourite band, Pavement.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen Accidental Hipster Dad before, but that is pretty much a picture of him. Uncanny! It’s a little bit off with the disposable income and I don’t think he’s as far left as you can be (communism?!)but all in all, he is a stereotypical fan of pavement.
So I thought I’d try. The bands I wanted to try didn’t exist on here, so after about the 5th attempt, I went with The Postal Service, which it thankfully recognised.
But that’s not me! That’s Accidental Hipster Dad again, except this time with more money and no political leaning!
So I tried again, a big hobby of mine is crochet, so I went with that.
Fair enough though, crochet is known as a grannyish pastime, let’s get less specific with ‘handmade crafts’.
Better, but still not me!
What else do I do? I know, I blog!
Who is this edgy young adult who appears to be wearing just socks with her work uniform? It’s certainly not me!
Food might be a good shout, I LOVE fish and chips.
Oh, a slightly posher looking older lady. That’s nice.
Next I tried literature. Bret Easton Ellis just did not exist, nor was there a demographic for Fight Club (which was the closest I could find to represent my taste in books). I had to settle for the film version of Fight Club.
Accidental Hipster Dad again! Except this time he’s Scottish.
Hmm. What do I watch on TV? Australian soaps. Daily.
So Home and Away and Neighbours share a demographic, except that demographic still isn’t me.
On the last try before I gave up, I went with Gilmore Girls (a firm and long-standing favourite).
This was as close as I was going to get, I have significantly less spare money, but it’s nice to know the Gilmore Girls fans are doing well for themselves out there (must have been inspired by Lorelai and Rory)!
So what I’ve taken from this experience is that I can’t be socially profiled well, but if I want to make some friends, middle aged women who are perhaps into fascism and other far right things might share a few of my interests.
If you want to see if you fit in anywhere, it’s the YouGov website.