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What Your Data Says About You vs. What You Say About You


The disparity between the social self and the private self come face to face in a study from Ballantines and Slap Global

What Your Data Says About You vs. What You Say About You

“You will never be liked by everyone, what really matters Is that you like yourself”. This is the conclusion of the study developed by Slap Global on behalf of Ballantine’s and the group Pernod Ricard.

For six months the teams of both companies worked hand in hand in a journey to explore the disparity between our behaviour in a social context in comparison with our real, individual and psychological behaviour.

A sample of over fifty candidates coming from the general population were screened to be part of this study. After an initial filter stage using psychometric testing to measure personality and emotions, fifteen of them were shortlisted to undergo personal interviews with the lead psychologist on the Slap Global / Ballantine’s team. 

The goal was to identify the profiles with the highest social desirability scores. Social desirability is  a widely known psychological construct that defines the tendency of some respondents to behave in a way they deem to be more socially acceptable than what would be their "true" answer.  

Finally, four candidates were chosen. Even though the goal of the study was never disclosed to them, the participants had to agree to download and share the usage data of their favourite online services like WhatsApp, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

A team of analysts lead by data scientist Victoriano Izquierdo ran the resulting data using algorithms and natural language processing in order to identify online behavioural patterns that most users were not even aware of. The resulting data were correlated with the insights on character, personality and emotional regulation of the candidates acquired through personal interviews and psychometric tests. 

For the development of the study, Slap Global welcomed two renowned experts onto the team:

  • The lead psychologist is Juan Ramos-Cejudo, Ph.D., associate professor at Universidad Camilo Jose Cela and founder and CEO of Mind Group.
  • The lead data scientist is Victoriano Izquierdo, CEO of Graphext, widely seen as one of the most promising startups in the data science arena.

The study has been created in the context of Ballantine’s global campaign STAY TRUE, an idea that encourages people to be authentic and true to themselves, without trying to please everyone.


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