Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Digital Deception

Nice to Meet You?
How do you behave in initial interactions?
Comments and questions about my presentation are welcome!


At 7:09 PM, Blogger Brad Hill said...

I think initial interactions often espouse chameleon type qualities amongst people. If you're meeting someone you're interested in (physically, professionally, socially) that you haven't met before I think it is only natural to behave in the most advantageous way in order to acheive goals you may have. That said, I wonder how much this behavior changes online--or even how often you are making an initial interaction online.

I think the most common place for initial interactions is in email. However, it seems as though it would be tough to analyze how much people are actually altering their behavior without directly observing them writing the email.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Erica, your presentation was interesting, and you have obviously put a lot of work into this since you have been working on it for a while now. When people meet for the first time, depending on the situation, they usually want to make a good impression. This might entail them acting or behaving slightly differently than they usually would because they want the other person to like them. In face-to-face, this might involve mimicking gestures subconsciously, or changing the tone of your voice. Over IM or Email, a person might try to relate to what the other person is saying, for example if someone said they liked sports, the other person might mention that they went to a Yankee game the night before.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Erica - Your presentation was very interesting and polished. It was evident from your explanantions and examples that you have a put a lot of time into this research and know a great deal about your topic.
This topic is an interesting one, because as you discussed, people often come to initial interactions with goals and ideas about how they want to portray themselves. One's "true self" is often not revealed in an initial interaction.
One aspect of your research that I feel you should address is the different settings that people are placed in online when they are making an initial encounter with someone. The most common is probably in online dating. Many other initial encounters that occur face to face would be unlikely (or at least not as likely) to occur online. It may be interesting to address some of these different social situations and incorporate the specific goals of those interactions into your research.
Great job again and good luck with your paper!

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Josh Perlin said...

Erica, I thought you gave an excellent presentation. I liked how you used the slides merely as springboards to your topics — not for reading! — and your speaking skills are great. Your progression through the slides was good, and it was easy to follow where you were going with each topic as well as your explanations.
Too bad you don’t have any results yet. They’ll be interesting to see. I really like that you have people go back through their deceptions to determine if they were in fact deceiving. I wonder, if you find any differences between CMC and FTF, what variables you hypothesize will be causing these differences?

At 2:03 AM, Blogger Corey Ryan Earle said...

Despite your lack of sleep after your stressful Monday evening/Tuesday morning at The Sun, I'd say your presentation went quite well. I liked the amusing examples, such as the Arthur Miller one.
Good diagram of communication strategies.
I remember you stating that people lie in 60% of their initial interactions, but I can't remember the specifics. Was that only for FtF interactions? Does it differ in CMC? Perhaps that's something that should be examined. Does length of the initial interaction matter? It's also interesting to see how that number changes based on presentations goals or strategies. Interesting stuff.
In case you're ever presenting the PowerPoint again (you seem to be in high demand), you may want to add more contrast to the colors for easier reading. Also, I think "Caspi" was misspelled in there somewhere, although I could be wrong. Sorry to be nitpicky; overall, it was excellent.

At 2:36 AM, Blogger kaitlin said...

Nice job!
I'd like to start off by saying that I really like your topic! It really is so fascinating to see how people present themselves; to see what they lie about and what they tell truthfully. You did a great job with that one chart with reasons for deceiving in self presentation, and the examples were very helpful in understanding the concepts. As I said in class, I'm also very intrigued by the concept of researching "initial" reactions instead of later ones. Have you thought about the fact that people may be deceptive because they're nervous? Sometimes when I find myself talking to someone I don't know that well, I get nervous that I'm going to run out of things to say, so I ramble. I think that's when a lot of exaggeration type lies come out. Have you thought about that at all? It could be interesting....

Overall, good job and good luck with the rest of the paper!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Nikki Nussbaum said...

As your loving fanclub president, I would like to tell you that, as always, your lack of expectations for your own success has paid off! All class you're sitting there biting your nails off and going "I'm flipping out" and then bam! You launch into insightful discussion and interesting examples (gotta love Roseanne and her rotund face). I think the fact that your research applies to so many other people's says something as well!

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Kate Frezon said...

Erica, I thought your presentation was great, and I'm really interested in it because it ties in closely to my project as well. I'm fascinated to hear more about what you find. I think your methodology is very strong, and the retrospective analysis is one of the best ways to try to get people to correctly remember and identify where they were being deceptive. You seem to really know what you're doing, so great job, and keep up the good work!

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Amanda Pearsall said...


You weren't voted one of Cornell's most influential for nothing. Your work this semester is fascinating. I think your topic is so important because as Alex and I look into deception in forming relationship it seems as if the initial interaction is crucial in setting the stage for deception. If the initial interaction is deceptive, than each additional one will follows in much the same way. It will be interesting to see if the levels of initial intereraction deception vary in different mediums.
As for the presentation itself, I could have slept for days and I WOULD HAVE NEVER presented as well as you had today. Keep up the great work, you are on to great things. Good luck with the paper!


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