The Role Of Friends ' Appearance And Behavior On Evaluations Of Individuals On Facebook

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The Role of Friends’ Appearance and Behavior on Evaluations of Individuals on Facebook: Are We Known by the Company We Keep?

As I ended the article “The Role of Friends’ Appearance and Behavior on Evaluations of Individuals on Facebook: Are We Known by the Company We Keep?” Walther et al.’s (2008), I was enlightened by the results of the study. The study consisted of eight stimuli photos in which two people judged those photos, a male and female, a total of three hundred eighty nine college students participated. The comments ranged from positive to negative for both male and female. Then, a selection of Facebook profiles were shown to two participants in which the comments varied by attractiveness and wall postings. The hypothesis was that statements would be different from the view of a profile and its comments compared to the view of a photo and the physical attractiveness. While the comments did change based on the profile compared to the selected photos alone, the results took a turn that was unexpected to me. The researchers found that the attractive photos made a difference to having positive comments, and negative comments to the unattractive photos. For the sex of the profiles, they found that negative comments made females less attractive, but what was unexpected to me was that the content of males profiles based to me as negative comments was viewed as positive to male participants (p.45). There is more meaning than just negative comments because we…

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