I am creating a web application for college students where they can share their timetable and help each other in studies and courses. We are in the process of designing the profile of a user. However, we are having a slight argument over including an "About me" field in the profile, as it seems to be not so useful. I tried to search for some UX studies or statistics about how many people do actually fill that info, but could not find sufficient data.
Can anybody suggest some points/statistics which I can use to convince the team to go with the field?
EDIT: Well, it's a platform for people to participate in collaborative projects. We need some field by which a person can check if the profile owner is really an interesting person to collaborate/partner up with?
We have already decided on including interest, expertise and skills and a field titled "PASSION". But still there has to be some personal touch to the profile (in my point of view).
If without an "About me" field, then what?