Social networking is all the rage these days. So here’s what you should know about how people feel about MySpace, Facebook and the other networking sites, courtesy of Psychology Today.
- Men are far less likely than women to mention significant others in the “About me” section of their MySpace profiles. While a lot of women might consider this deceptive, psychologists believe it’s probably because men are naturally less inclined to define themselves through their relationships.
- One third of students surveyed believe faculty members shouldn’t be allowed to access Facebook, citing privacy concerns. Basically, they don’t want to think that their teachers are spying on them.
- You know that party you went to last night – the one your friends have already uploaded incriminating pictures of? Well, if you’re a guy, that might not be as bad as you think. Studies show that when there are pictures and comments of a man’s wild antics it enhances his appeal, b ut the same kind of photos have the opposite effect for women.
- Research shows that having too few or too many Facebook friends greatly decreases your social appeal. Having 300 online friends was judged as the optimal number. Any more than that and you start looking desperate, like you’ll just add anybody as a friend.
- Many Facebook users hide aspects of their lives that might be very meaningful to them, for the sake of creating acceptable online personas. For example, only 13% state their religion. For fear that they may be judged by others. It’s the same reason people don’t talk about religion on a first date.
- Despite the fact that students don’t want teachers to have access to their profiles, instructors who disclose information about their social lives through Facebook profiles are better liked by their students. These teacher profiles help students feel bonded to their teachers, which motivates them in the classroom.