Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Alex and Amanda's Paper Foundation

Here is a concise summary of our work.

Research Question
1) What individual factors predict lies in the main profile picture?
a. Computer Experience
b. Self-perceived physical attractiveness
c. Gender
d. Age
e. Anticipation of Future Interaction
2) From here we will be considering how each of these five factors effects:
a. Frequency of Deception (ie. Do they lie or not?)
b. Level of Deception (We’re deciding now in our methodologies what scale to use. Originally we were considering if the level of deception was subtle, exaggerated, or outright.)

H1: Individuals that have more computer experience will be more likely to deceive in their photo than individuals with less computer experience.
-Mahar, Henderson, and Keane

H2: Individuals with lower self-perceived attractiveness will be more likely to deceive in their photo than individuals with higher self-perceived attractiveness.
-Doherty and Schlenker

H3: Women will be more likely to deceive in photo than men.
-McAuley, Bane, Mihalko
-Martin, Leary, Rejeski
-Adamson, Doud Cralli

H4: Older people will be more likely than younger people to deceive in their photo.
-Martin, Leary, Rejeski
-Sousa Campos

H5: Individuals that anticipate a future FtF interaction will be less likely to deceive in their online profile picture.

Our biggest dilemma in the first assignment was that we took what Jeff calls, a lot of “garden paths.” We spent last week truly going through all of the literature and honing our question and finding theory to point us in the direction of these hypotheses.
This week we will be working on our methodologies for our proposed study.


At 7:58 PM, Blogger Cameron Hall said...

It looks very interesting, but I have a few questions. What type of profiles are you examining? Although motivation may only play a minor role, it should have some sort of influence. In regards to your H1, I would agree that computer experience can play a role, but what about experience with a camera. This came up in one of my earlier blogs where people not only used a computer to deceive in a graphic, but also manipulated the setting and how they took other pictures. I think your H4 is a little too broad. I don’t know everything about your sources, but I assume it doesn’t take people under 18 into account. Great job overall.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Amanda Pearsall said...

Thank you Cameron for your constructive criticism.
First and foremost, we will be looking at online dating profiles just as Catalina had.
Also I would like to incorporate motivation into the equation for deceptive behavior. I think it might fit nicely into our section on anticipation for future interaction.
In regard to H1, I think you also raise a very valid point that camera experience is just as important as computer experience. I will be talking to Jeff and Catalina about this.
And lastly, our sources actually take into account young children and older adults. However, since we are considering the scope of deception in dating profiles you bring up a good point that we should probably rule out any research on younger children and make a clearer definition of young in respect to the dating world. It would probably be more valuable to our research if we considered young people 18-30 and old, 31-65+. We'll be looking further into this point as well.

Cameron thank you so much for your advice.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Brad Hill said...

I think your research question is a very good one. It is clear that people select their profile pictures with great care. I think your hypotheses are correct, and are the right directions to pursue in your research. However, I think you could go deeper into some of the categories you've selected, particularly gender. I may be incorrect but I think research has definitively shown that women lie more in a picture than men. However, it has by no means shown that men don't lie in a profile. It would be interesting if you could turn over some stones about why men lie or how they lie. Are they trying to make a statement (that might be false)? Are they no more complicated than just wanting to look attractive? I It would be cool if you took the chance to go a little deeper into some of the hypotheses that are already assumed to be proven. That said, given that social networks are bound and determined to become de rigueur, your research will be very pertinent and interesting. I look forward to it.


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