How the races and economicclasses sort themselves out on social network sites.

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    Nov 21, 2007 1:58 AM GMT
    Firecat sent me this link. It is about a study of which social networking sites different races and economic classes choose.

    Social Networking Sites May Foster Same Old Divisions
    The social networking site of choice is related to a student's race, ethnicity and parents' education, a new survey indicates.

    The finding "suggests there's less intermingling of users from varying backgrounds on these sites than previously believed," said study leader Eszter Hargittai of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University in Illinois

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20071120/sc_livescience/socialnetworkingsitesmayfostersameolddivisions
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    I think the article doesn't take into account that Facebook was originally a college network site for just college student at specific universities where you lived on campus.

    Without trying to be racist, I'd fathom a guess that there is a greater majority of white college students living on campus than say hispanic americans. Myspace on the other hand was more open and had a bigger group of non college users.

    The result I guess is if your white and a freshmen new to college you might be more recommended to join facebook as opposed to myspace.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:44 AM GMT
    I subscribe to the blog of the women who conducted this research.

    For the past four months she has been explaining that her research is informal at best and is decidedly non-conclusive. In fact, she seems to be a bit dismissive of the whole thing when she isn't busy blogging about her new car or what conferences she is attending.

    So, stay tuned.
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    Nov 21, 2007 12:38 PM GMT
    To reiterate what Trance23 said, Facebook started at Harvard, then included Yale, and then the rest of the Ivy League. When it started moving to other non-ivy schools, students were pissed- they felt like it was letting other people into our "club". But we dealt with it. When high schools and the rest of the world were included, then college students were peeved. But we dealt with it again, because people didn't "take over" facebook like we thought would happen. For all my friends, the ones in college are on facebook, and the ones who never went, myspace.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:29 PM GMT
    <--- Asian American and prefer RJ and Myspace. That's All.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    This is totally not shocking.

    To even be on a netowrking site you have to have access to a computer, divides things by class (which is affected by race).

    Beyond that, many sites (like this one) are divided by interests or goals, something which is strongly affected by socioeconomic status and upbringing.

    People are self sorting, for good or ill. As a general rule I don't hang out with people far above my socioeconomic class because I simply can't afford to engage in the passtimes they do. I found this out in college, when I had several friends for a while who were far more monetarily gifted than I. They say, "Lets go out to dinner" where an entree is 20$ and I have to say I can't. Things which to them are every day inexpensive activities are break the bank once a year things for me. Concerts, plays, vacations, etc.

    So while many people may joke/dream about "marrying rich" the truth is, mostly they'll sort themselves in most situations by socieconomic status.
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    Nov 24, 2007 5:23 AM GMT
    i think the only reason i prefer facebook, is cuz it's sorta like here. all profiles look the same as far as layout and the like. no obnoxious colours and shit (d-list=myspace). facebook is really a social tool. it's meant more as a replacement to email almost, or at least my friends have all but stopped checking their real emails. it's got event planning, common interest groups, somewhere to sell your shit.

    ya it's definitel aimed at uni students, textbook exchange and all. alos, college/university are ALOT cheaper in canada, especially in quebec. so i think there might be a wider array of races/economic levels on here.