This quiz with 15 personality questions will help you find out if you live in a bubble or not. It is a 2024 updated version based on Murray’s 2012 book.
The Why Behind Our Social Bubbles
Our ancestors had to be quick thinkers. They had to live in protective bubbles in which the unknown was dangerous. As their successors, we have carried over the same tendency to “assume” and to react based on assumptions. This habit of viewing life through our subjective lenses confines us within self-fashioned bubbles.
How to Break Out of Your Bubble
In his TED talk, Leander Greitemann highlights the human brain’s neuroplasticity as crucial for escaping self-imposed bubbles. He explains that our neural structure stays receptive to learning, growing, and adapting throughout our lives. By embracing diverse perspectives and relinquishing the sanctity of our ideologies, we can condition our minds to consistently explore beyond our limited understanding of the world, thus liberating ourselves from social or ideological confinement.
Greitemann believes we see the world as we are, not as it is. Therefore, a reasonable reaction to this inherent limitation would be to refrain from placing excessive trust in our perceptions. A logical and ethical individual would instead actively seek out diverse points of view and consider multiple perspectives before solidifying any opinions or taking action.
The Downsides of Living in a Bubble
Stubbornness is sometimes associated with strong will. However, ideological stiffness can only cause more harm than good. Some of the negative outcomes of living in a bubble include polarization, racism, systematic bias, ignorance of social justice and privileges, and resistance to change.
Living in an echo chamber could also turn people into hypersensitive snowflakes—those who cannot tolerate any opposition or disagreement, irrespective of its premise.
Are You a Bubbled Snowflake?
By answering our 15 sensitive questions, you can gauge the extent to which your viewpoints may be pre-filtered. This test reveals any potential blind spots and identifies areas where insulation from diverse perspectives might be influencing your judgments.
How to Play?
Playing personality quizzes is straightforward: Choose the option that’s true about you—or you relate to—and select “Next.” Unlike trivia quizzes, personality tests have no right or wrong answers. But the questions are in forced-choice format. The point is to push you to choose an option that makes the most sense, not the one that’s 100% true. For the most accurate results, don’t overthink your responses. Go with options that you “feel” are the best.
Questions of the quiz
- 1Where do you get your news from?
Local newspaper or friends and family
- 2How much do you know about other cultures?
I’d say my knowledge is above average
Let’s say I know enough to have opinions
I can’t say I know a lot about different cultures
- 3How do you react to disagreement?
I can tolerate it
I usually avoid arguments
I stand my ground and defend my viewpoint
- 4What do you do with people who constantly argue with you on social media?
I try to hear them out (as long as they’re respectful)
I block them
I report them and try to get them banned
- 5Do you have any close friends with diverse or opposing ideologies?
Yes, I have some friends like that
I used to, but not anymore
No, my circle is made up of like-minded people
- 6What do you think of people who can go through radical ideological changes?
I find that fascinating
I guess that could be a red flag
I don’t trust people who change quickly
- 7What is your argument style like?
- 8Which view on media do you agree with?
What the media reflects is not necessarily the truth
All of them are biased and untrustworthy
You must trust only the best and most professional ones
- 9What do you think of political polarization?
I think it’s damaging our society
I don’t know much about politics
I believe it could be beneficial for all sides
- 10In terms of education, income, and beliefs, how diverse is your circle?
80% - 100% (incredibly diverse)
50% (Somewhat diverse)
~10% (Not diverse)
- 11How would you describe your family’s income when you were a kid?
- 12Which one better describes places you’ve been to?
I’ve visited more than five countries
I’ve been to most states in my country
I’ve been to a few nearby cities
- 13Describe your living situation.
I’ve lived in multiple cities throughout my life
I’ve been living in a bigger city near my hometown
I’ve been living in the same city my entire life
- 14How often do you engage in mindless scrolling on social media?
Only when I’m bored
Whenever I have free time (frequently)
- 15Final question: Why did you take this “Social Bubble Quiz?”
I wanted an objective assessment of my viewpoints
Someone else asked me to do so
I wanted to prove that I’m not biased