Advice for Dating: What Your Mad Men Obsession Says About Your Personality

March 27, 2012

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What Your Mad Men Obsession Says About Your Personality by Lisa Daily

I’m not sure there’s anyone on the planet who is as excited about the return of Mad Men as I am. Sure, it’s possible, but not very likely.  I am reallllllllly excited.

Anyway, all this obsessing over Mad Men got me thinking about a Media Mindset study I covered a while back on DAYTIME that found that viewers of certain shows tended to have similar personality traits.

For example, if you watch me every week on Daytime, you’re quite obviously smart, good-looking, and destined to find true love.

If you watch Mad Men (my all-time favorite show) you’re most likely creative, emotionally sensitive, intellectually curious, and socially liberal. You’re also more likely to choose a Mac over a PC. But hey, who isn’t? (In case you’re wondering — I’d claim “all of the above” on personality traits.)

If you watch The Office, you’re more likely to have a bit of a superiority complex (I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m just saying.) Office watchers are more likely to consider themselves superior to others, believe that they are extraordinary, and, of course, toot their own horns about their accomplishments. Hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?

Watchers of Glee are most likely creative, open to new things, and searching for unusual and varied experiences in their lives.

If you watch The Real Housewives you’re probably pugnacious (unafraid to tell other people exactly what you think), you value honesty over keeping the peace (what kind of friend would you be if you didn’t tell it like it is?), and probably a leader. Real Housewives fans also like Botox. Seriously!

Watchers of The Biggest Loser are traditional and realistic — which means they work with what they’ve got (marriage, job, kids) and they live in the present. Practical people.

Did you see what whatshername was wearing last night on Dancing With The Stars? Then you’re more likely to be compliant, traditional, respectful of authority, deferential to others, and a person who prefers stability — (and judging from high profile members of the GOP like Tom Delay and Bristol Palin — possibly Republican.)

If you watch Family Guy, you’re probably obnoxious. Oh wait, that’s just my opinion. Here’s what the study said: Family Guy watchers are rebellious, risk-taking, averse to rules and structure, open to challenges, and give their opinions using sarcasm and/or anger. Charming, right?


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Jyoti March 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Lisa, I’ve seen you on movie “extras” and other programs and LOVED your wit and wisdom. Considering that, can I qualify for the “quite obviously smart, good-looking, and destined for love” category even if your weekly show isn’t on where I live??? Please, please, please?


Lisa March 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

You sound smart, good-looking and destined for love to me.


Lisa Earle McLeod March 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Oh dear, I love Glee and my husband loves The Office! Curses,mew may be doomed.


Tom March 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

I wonder if the corollary is true for any/each of these. Also, is it creepy to search her DVR while she excuses herself or is it just a compatibility check?


Lisa March 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

Or, you could just ask her 🙂


Lisa April 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm



Lisa April 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I CAN’T WAIT for the MAD MEN season 6 premiere tonight! It’s been TOO LONG!


Lisa August 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

Summertime, and I’m missing my Mad Men fix…. Might be time for a binge-watching weekend.


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