Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Lying to Your Facebook



How honest is your Facebook profile?
Any suggestions for the paper are welcome. Thanks.

- Corey, Robin, & Jenna

15 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Barrett Amos said...

First off, VERY impressive presentation. Maybe you should send your powerpoint template to Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of Facebook to use in their own business presentations. Nice job guys.

Like Jeff mentioned in class, I think you have a very strong and logical organization of your topic. By running through the entire anatomy of a FB profile before talking about how deception could be present you manage to create a comprehensive view of the potential of the profile which the viewer is able to keep in mind while you are discussing the details.

Similarly, I think you are heading down a very interesting road by examining gender differences in FB deception. It’s obviously very relevant to our class because of Catalina’s research. Even more interesting, I think, will just be the differences in profiles between men and women. Before even looking at deception (or the potential for it) you will have provided some valuable research into how the different genders construct and present themselves to others in a social network.

Finally, I just want to echo the comment in class about FB users being in Erikson’s “adolescent” stage of psychosocial development. While it’s true that most users probably are in this stage, I don’t think you can just make the assumption that it is true for all users, especially now that FB has been opened up to the entire world. Even within college networks you will still have the people who have graduated and most likely moved on to the “early adulthood” stage. Perhaps you can test for this while gathering the other data. Just something you might want to think about.

Again, great job!

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Hi Jenna, Robin, and Corey- Great job on your presentation! Your slides were excellent and looked extremely professional. I think everyone could tell that you put a lot of effort into them and really thought about interesting ways to present your information. I especially like all the “build” slides that you included in your presentation and the facebook-themed background. Everything was tied together very well and helped keep the focus of the presentation.
As far as the content of your project goes, I think that you have excellent material and research for your paper. Your analysis of the anatomy of a profile was very thorough and provides a good starting point for the paper. The theoretical frameworks that you included were also explained well. The presentation was organized in a very logical manner and it was clear how the theories fit into the topics you were discussing.
As was brought up in class, I also think it is important that in your research you do not assume that all facebook users are in the adolescent stage of development. The very example that you used in class (Jeff’s profile) was someone who is not in the adolescent stage. It may be interesting to consider the differences between facebook use of adolescents and those already in adulthood.
Again, great job!!

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Hi Jenna, Robin, and Corey, you guys did a great job with your presentation. You PowerPoint slides looked great, and the examples you used really got people's attention and kept everyone interested. I like how you examined the anatomy of a facebook profile in the beginning, just to remind people the different aspects that you are looking at.
The differences between male and female profiles is also an interesting thing to look into, and you can probably find a lot of information on facebook, and also using Catalina'a study. The last thing I think you should look into is the difference between adolescent and adult facebook profiles, since you used Jeff in your example. Adults might put different information from adolescents, so either look at both, or just focus on adolescents. It would be interesting in a future study to see differences by each year in college. For example a freshman might be more insecure and have different information than a senior. Great job guys!

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger kaitlin said...

Awesome power point! Looks like BEE102 paid off, ey? (Jeff-if you're reading this, your canadianisms are rubbing off on me). Facebook really is an interesting development and it's amazing the progress that it has made over the years! I'm a real stickler for organization and you guys did a really good job laying out your information. The analysis of the FB anatomy was excellent. As mentioned by just about everyone, I definitely think you should consider age differences in addition to gender differences. Also, as Catalina found in her study (and I think you guys mentioned), I think you will find that level of deception probably usually isn't too high. Also, there are several other characteristics you can compare deception for. I wonder if people who are married are less deceptive? Or what about the section that says what you're looking for (friendship, a relationship, anything i can get...)? Do you think deception may differ between those characteristics?

Just some things to ponder...

Great job!

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Brad Hill said...

You guys obviously put significant effort into both generating a power point slide show and preparing to present it and it showed. In line with everyone else, and comments in class, the slides were outstanding--very well themed given the nature of your presentation.

One thing I wonder about is how much people's motivations for lying or deceiving will change from an online dating site (Catalina's research) and a social network like facebook. It seems to me that both motivations and goals for deceiving will be different. I think they will remain related, but given that the ultimate goal of the profile is not to attract a date it seems reasonable that there will be at least some subtle differences.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Lauren Katzberg said...

GREAT job guys. Your powerpoint slides were awesome, you clearly put tons of time into making the presentation look right.

Besides looking great, the content of your presentation was both interesting and informative. It was especially interesting for those of us who took Comm245. You did an awesome job of combining some of the main concepts of that class and this one to create your own unique research question. I really like how you used the concepts of selective self presentation and uncertainty reduction theory and then combined them with showing and hiding and Catalina's research.

In class, someone commented about the age of Facebook users. I think this would be a very interesting thing to explore, considering that now high school students and professionals are on Facebook. I think you could compare these groups in a similar way that you are comparing gender. Do these different age groups deceive in different places on their profiles? Is one age group more likely to show and another more likely to hide? Just some things to consider. GREAT JOB!

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger Cameron Hall said...

I really like how you used Jeff as an example. Too often professors feel they are exempt to scrutiny because of their status, but you did a great job putting him in his place. Haha. I think your breakdown of the anatomy was very through. However, I would have liked to hear a little bit more of exactly how lies could take place in each of the sections. I also really liked your use of quotes to explain the “why.” Overall, you had a very good presentation and excellent slides to match the theme.

 
At 1:54 AM, Blogger Josh Perlin said...

I loved you powerpoint. It was very clear, had good usage of graphics and text, and was easy to follow. I liked how you had an overview of each set of points too.
You did a good job of explaining all the relevant facets of facebook before you talked about how they could be used for deception. The explanation was very detailed and precise.
You might also want to consider some drawbacks of Erikson's stages. His eight stages were developed in the 1950s, and are based on Freudian theory, which of course has its own problems.
I think you have a ton of room to break down your data into multiple demographics and variables, so I hope you do that. It could prove some very interesting trends, especially with facebook now open to the public.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Nikki Nussbaum said...

One word: whoa. The presentation was very impressive. Not much to say in terms of addition...though I think you might find that some of the Mark Zuckerberg interviews could provide really helpful info in terms of the intent of the design of facebook. I really appreciated your organization, too. I know that with my own presentation, it was difficult to arrange everything in a logical, coherent way and I think your presentation was very clear in that sense. I know exactly what you're doing, why your doing it, and how...and I can't wait to see the results!

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Kate Frezon said...

Not just to echo what everyone has already said, but I do agree that your presentation visually was fantastic, and you guys spoke very clearly and knowledgeably on your topic. Great job.
I want to second Cameron's comment - I think you did a good job discussing the anatomy of a profile, but I as well would really have liked to hear more about how deception could be found in each of the different parts. I found your hypotheses very believable and logical, and I'm very interested in your conclusions.
I also think Brad makes a really good point in his comment - the goal of a site like Facebook isn't necessary the same as a goal on a dating site. I think it would be great if you addressed this, and considered this in developing your arguments. I do believe that even though Facebook isn't primarily a dating site, that people would still want to portray themselves in the way you described. Great job guys!

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Amanda Pearsall said...

I can not reiterate the classes sentiments enough, the presentation was fabulous!

I found your analysis of the site interesting because this type of analysis is exactly what has led Alex and I too scrutinize the deception in a profile photograph. PS. I loved the red circles, it kept my attention and it was easier to follow what you were talking about.
What is most interesting however is that the motivations and conditions for using the site will really affect what level someone will deceive at. I think it would be interesting to look at how as the reasons for using facebook have evolved so has the levels of deception. For instance, when people first heard about the site, like I did, I tried to be as honest as possible, in the hopes of meeting people with the same interests as me, in my major. I'm sure I wanted to make a good impression with my picture, but I never would have posted a scandalous picture because I knew the likelihood of meeting these people was pretty high. And now, as a junior, I have begun to realize that more people are going on to find relationships and network with guys or girls they met at last nights parties and selective self-presentation is used more often than ever. It is just so interesting that a simple networking site has become so widely used and how motivation for use has really changed the accuracy of information.

Great job overall this semester guys. Good luck with your paper!

 
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At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Dating said...

I also think Brad makes a really good point in his comment - the goal of a site like Facebook isn't necessary the same as a goal on a dating site.

 

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