Not all of us like to spend the summer in the same way: what do summer holidays say about us?
Not all of us like to spend the summer in the same way: there are those who prefer to move a lot and those who prefer to spend two weeks in the same place. What do our summer customs say about us? Find out what the place you have chosen to spend yours says about your personality vacation summer.
Our decisions regarding summer holidays they seem to show a lot more about our personality than we think. Or this is the lesson that can be learned from one study conducted by researchers Shigehiro Oishi, Thomas Talhem and Minha Lee, found for the University of Virginia and published in the Journal of Research in Personality: beach or mountain, it’s not always the same.
This study shows that the choice of certain destinations is linked to personality of each person, not to some established social conventions. Specifically, the authors of the research started from the hypothesis that people choose their environment in order to satisfy their individual desires and needs.
Your holiday destination says a lot about your personality
But how does it affect the destination of our holidays? In this study the most extroverts they preferred the beach, unlike the shy, who have opted for the mountains. The researchers argue that the mountain is a place that offers more calm and a sense of isolation, while the beach is linked to a noisier and busier environment.
To somehow quantify such a general idea, 921 university students were asked to fill out a survey in which they could write down some important traits of their personality and ask what kind of vacation they prefer. The results did not return any significant differences in age, gender or personality trait, other than in the level of shyness. In fact, the more extroverts preferred the beach, unlike the shy ones, who opted for the mountains.
But what are the reasons why we choose one or the other destination? The study subjects answered another questionnaire in which they were asked to answer where they would go to have fun and to search for calm. The answers were clear: beach in the first question and mountains in the second. Therefore, after this part of the study, one can already find one correlation more complete. Quieter people look for a calmer environment during their vacation and consider the mountains the ideal environment. Conversely, more open people seek a more open environment and this is related to the coast.