Social Status Test
Fashion choices have always been tied to social status. Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger at the University of Pennsylvania now believe they have a way to predict people’s social status based on simple fashion choices.
What do your fashion choices say about your social class? For each of the following questions, indicate your answer below.
Question 1 of 5
Imagine that you live in a society where the upper class wears watches that are triangular and purple, the middle class wears watches that are square and red, and the lower class wears watches that are pentagon and blue. If you wanted to signal that you were high class, which watch would you choose?
The IDRlabs Fashion Choices Social Status Test (IDR-FCSST) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-FCSST is based on the work, originally published in 2020, of Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger at the University of Pennsylvania. The IDR- FCSST is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of behavioral economics or any affiliated research institutions.
The IDRlabs Fashion Choices Social Status Test was informed by Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger’s research paper: Silvia Bellezza, Jonah Berger, Trickle-Round Signals (2020): When Low Status Is Mixed with High, Journal of Consumer Research, Volume 47, Issue 1, June 2020, Pages 100–127.
The work of Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger is conducted in the slipstream of a long academic tradition trying to tie people’s fashion choices to social status. Bourdieu, Pierre (1984), Distinction: A Social Critique of the 55 Judgement of Taste, trans. Richard Nice, Oxon, UK: Routledge. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Fashion Choices Social Status Test are independent of all of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.
This Fashion Choices Social Status Test is based on a newly published research paper relating social status and class to fashion choices and the signifiers embedded therein. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one rely solely on population-level correlations and cannot provide an accurate individual assessment of your personal socioeconomic background. As such, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive assessment of your social class and background can be made only through your own research.
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