Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
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(WXIA) -- Just about everyone logs into Facebook and posts about their day, their jobs and their family. It's a way to show we are all unique.
However, it turns out you don't even need a heartbeat to figure out some of the most basic elements that define us. A computer can read us like a book from what we post on Facebook.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania created a computer program that can determine age, gender and personality traits from the words you post online.
They created a word cloud and ran it through their program. Basically, girls posted about their best friends and guys posted about Xbox.
Dr. Wendy Dickinson of Grow Counseling says the computer results are pretty accurate, although stereotypical. She believes in general females post more about relationships.
"With males we tend to see more dominance themes related in their communication. So they're talking ad out winning and competition," Dickinson said.
However, psychologically there's more to this than boys will be boys and girls will be girls.
"It's not like reading someone's person journal," she said.
The study also found what we write on Facebook is more about how we want to be seen, than who we really are.
"What you're seeing is a picture of what somebody wants to represent of themselves," Dickinson said.