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Social Networking Honesty

People Are Actually Honest on Facebook!

So much for the Web of lies! When it comes to Facebook, and other social-networking sites (note not dating sites), people are "remarkably honest."

Psychologists studied 236 US and German college students by comparing their social-networking profiles to the results of a personality test. The test looked at the big-five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. And then measured it against a survey of their idealized personalities — or the people they'd like to be. Independent observers were then shown the online profiles and asked to rate participants' personalities. And, voila! The personalities the observers perceived were closer to students' actual personalities than their idealized.

If we're talking Facebook, and we mostly are, is this really so surprising? Your full name is on it. Your real (generally) pictures are on it. Even your mom is on it! But worry not, I bet we'll be lying again tomorrow.

Source: Flickr User luc legay

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skigurl skigurl 7 years
i also never lie on facebook...everyone on there knows me personally
gummybears123 gummybears123 7 years
in facebook it's kinda hard to lie because a lot of my facebook friends personally know me and know what i'm like. it would be pointless to lie.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I never said I was upset about it, in fact I was clearly amused about it, and it was just one example of silly things i see people being untruthful about. If you view her pictures, you can see the 5 or 6 empty soda cans sitting on the tables in the background. I only went into more detail because pistil asked... It was just my two cents about the people on my list on an article about honesty on social networking sites despite the truth being readily available.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, not her. She's one of those people that if you go on a trip somewhere early or something you have to stop at 711 so she can buy a super big gulp of mountain dew or she will be in a horrible mood due to the caffiene withdrawls. She's just flat out lying, its pretty comical.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
The problem on Facebook isn't dishonesty, it's brutal honesty: TMI. MissSushi, could it be that she doesn't realize there is caffeine in soft drinks? People are astounding that way. I recently discovered Lamebook which has reduced my faith in humanity.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, I know people who lie ALL of the time on their facebook, and I just don't get why. And no one calls them on it. A friend of mine the other day in response to some advice about not having caffiene while pregnant posted that she NEVER drinks caffiene.. lolol. I lived with her for a short period, and have known her for 7 years and i have never ever seen her drink anything but cherry coke and mountain dew, and that is no exageration. Anyone who knows her at all knows what a whopping lie that is and i cant imagine having the balls to blatently lie like that.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Yeah you'd really have to be stupid to lie on a networking site where your friends and family are reading your every I think it's safe to say though that when it comes to dating profiles oh the lies just fly fly flyy
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