Researching First Impressions in the Age of Online Profiles
Posted: March 1, 2008
Sam Gosling, writing in the Psi Chi National Honor Society's online magazine:
A flurry of recent news articles has highlighted a new challenge faced by college students: giving the wrong impression about our personalities through our online profiles. Much of this interest can be attributed to the popularity of MySpace®, Facebook®, and other social-networking websites visited by over 10 million people each month (Nielsen/Netratings, 2007). The news articles often caution us about posting information that could disrupt others (particularly potential employers) from seeing us accurately (or at least as we see ourselves). But don’t we want to avoid giving anyone an inaccurate impression of what we are like? How can psychological research help us with this issue?