Girls with Online Photos Get More Attention than Guys. Really?
Another study about online social networks has discovered the obvious: people with photos are more likely to be contacted by strangers, and girls get more unwarranted attention than guys. Perhaps the next study could address the “hottness” factor?
A survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that those users that have photos will get contacted more often by strangers. Could it be because they look more like a real person with an interesting life and a vested interest in their online account? This is something spammers figured out long ago, tricking many boys into becoming their friends, only to get a barrage of porn content they probably wouldn’t mind seeing, but can get rather annoying when it takes over your computer.
Which leads us to Pew’s next point: guys are more visual than girls. And by this statement I mean that a girl is more likely to be “approached” by a male, when all guys have to go on are user photos. Really, it’s all guys need. They don’t care about a girl’s favorite books and TV shows, unless they prove to be a potential conflict with Monday Night Football.
At any rate, the result of Pew’s study indicates that the presence of strangers online is, in the end, considered a minor drawback for those socializing through web-based networks. Strangers are there, and sometimes they make you uncomfortable. But most people know what they’re doing online, and know the motives behind contact from strangers, whether it be a spam friend, an actual friend of a friend, or a blatant attempt to “hook up” online.
Of course, the premise of the social network itself will dictate much of this behavior as well, so if you’re on a social network that lets you poke or wink, don’t be mad when you post a picture and get all sorts of virtual gestures thrown your way. Other wonderful studies that state the obvious come from BillMeLater, which indicates that most of us shop online during conference calls, and eMedia’s survey that found 30% of us guilty of putting false info on our online social networks.