Slung on one shoulder or simply on the back? Here’s what your backpack wearing preference says about you.
I took a look at the physical and mental constraints of different backpack wearing styles and had some interesting findings.
6 ways we wear a backpack and our likely personality traits
1. Holding the top strap
If you enjoy holding your bag by its ‘neck’, you are likely to be strong willed, imaginative and open minded. You may tend to be interested in what works for you, rather than what satisfies everybody.
Some strap holders could be empathetic with warm, influential tendencies.
For those who cradle their backpack like a baby, you may have spontaneous tendencies mixed in with practicality. You may also be irreplaceable in times of crisis
Photo: Sarah Silverman
3. One shoulder
Shoulder slingers are likely to have an open minded, wild imagination. At the same time, you could be resilient and interested in finding your own solution to problems, even if it’s unpopular.
You also could be an influential personal with a warm vibe.
4. Classic on the back
If you keep your bag on traditionally you could be a hard working person who is able to stick to a plan. You may also be meticulous in your approach to problems.
For some standard backpack wearers, you could also highly practical and the person people go to in times of panic.
5. High on the back
If you like to high ride your backpack you’re likely to spontaneous but also great at making practical decisions in tough situations.
6. Low on the back
Low-riders can be warmly influential people with a colourful imagination and an empathetic attitude. If you wear your bag below the butt you could back yourself and your own methods in times of crisis.
Wearing preference vs Personality role
Turns out, each way you prefer to wear your bag various physical and social constraints. This influences you’re likely personality role.
|Wearing style||Physical constraints||Social constraints||Likely personality role|
|Holding the top strap||Very loose||Non-uniform||
|Classic on the back||Tight (but good for posture)||Uniform||
|High on the back||Tight (but good for posture)||Non-uniform||
|Low on the back||Loose||Uniform||
What are personality roles?
The Myers Briggs personality tests determines our likely personality traits and splits them into 16 personality types. These 16 personality types can be grouped into two types of ways.
This is our personality based on our:
- What we are interested in
- Things we like to do
This is our personality based on:
- The way we do things
- How we achieve our goals
For this analysis I focused on Personality Roles.
The 4 types of personality roles
Common traits found in each Personality Role
More likely to feel constrained: Analysts and Diplomats
The reason why ‘Analysts and Diplomats’ are most likely to feel constrained by layers of clothing (and a tighter uniform bag fit) is because of their tendencies to have a more open nature. They are against things locking them down.
Diplomats in particular prefer to see things from a different perspective e.g. what’s an acceptable look. Similarly, Analysts prefer to find unique solutions to problems.
The ‘Commander’ – a personality type that falls in the Analyst group – scored highest (%) when asked if they feel constrained from adding layers of clothing. Commanders are likely to enjoy looking stylish over being functional, and even more so if there are other people watching.
Less likely to feel constrained: Sentinels and Explorers
The reason why Sentinels and Explorers might prefer to add a layer of clothing in winter (or choose to wear a backpack in a traditional manner) is due to their tendency to see prioritising looks over being practical as both odd and pointless. At the furthest end of the spectrum, some Sentinels and Explorers may see:
- Layers as protection for their body
- Correct use of backpack as protection for their back posture
Wearing more than one layer of clothing makes you feel constrained.
How did I work this out? The juicy methodology
Now I’m not going to claim that this is as an in-depth research piece, but it’s also not a basic piece of bro-science either. I’ve done a ‘light’ statistical analysis.
If you are familiar with the ‘Myers Briggs’ Personality test, then you’ll know that there are 16 personality types, which can also be grouped into 4 types of ‘roles’
In recent study, 16personalities.com posed this statement its readers
“Wearing more than one layer of clothing makes you feel constrained.”
When asked if they disagreed or agreed, here were the results – split by personality role. To simplify things I focused on the grouped results of roles:
|Agree with statement||45.75%||43.37%||35.09%||38.01%|
If want to get real detailed you can break it down further down by the 16 personality types
You read more about personality types on the 16 personalities website.
Wait, layers of clothing aren’t the same as bag
This is where my ‘analysis’ comes into play. I took these agreement rates for the statement “wearing more than one layer makes me feel constrained” and hypothesised what the likely backpack wearing preference would be. Here’s the matrix I developed:
|Most likely to feel constrained||More likely to feel constrained||Least likely to feel constrained||Less likely to feel constrained|
|Traits of the group||
|Likely backpack wearing preference||
Source: 16personalities and my intuition.