Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Facebook Profiles turn out to be Accurate...

It's well known that people lie about themselves when they create on-line profiles for things like dating sites. Turns out, however, that Facebook is different...

[W]hen University of Texas researchers began studying Facebook friends, they expected that users also would exaggerate accomplishments and offer an enhanced version of themselves. To their surprise, they discovered that Facebook profiles typically gave an accurate and realistic impression of the user’s real-life personality. (source)


In this sense, Facebook is used more as a normal communications tool rather than as a means of self-promotion. How about that?

-t

1 comment:

aaronorear said...

hat makes sense since Facebook connects people who, ideally, know one another in the real world. Friend lists include current coworkers and family as well as old school friends. Any exaggeration would quickly be called out.