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Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive 116

RichDiesal writes "In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, researchers conducted an experiment on the impact of the number of Facebook friends a person has on impression formation. When viewing modified Facebook profiles (all with the same profile picture and an experimentally controlled number of friends), people rated profiles with lots of Facebook friends as more physically attractive, more socially attractive, more approachable, and more extroverted. Since potential employers look at Facebook profiles these days, perhaps it's time to hire some Facebook friends."
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Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

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  • by CrankyFool ( 680025 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @06:08AM (#46394901)

    I'm a hiring manager at a tech company. We generally think that looking at a candidate's FB profile is a social faux pas. LInkedIn? Sure. Facebook? That's their business. I'm not friends with my direct reports on FB, I don't expect them to friend me, and whatever they do there is their business.

    Maybe it's time to find a better class of potential employers?

  • by korbulon ( 2792438 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @06:38AM (#46394981)

    That bastion of scientific progress and beacon of enlightenment.

    Trash "research" like this is one of the big reasons I had to leave academia. Shelves and shelves lined with tomes of pabulum. So much drivel, you wouldn't believe. And I'm not referring to abstruse areas of investigation, but rather all the ad-hoc, pseudoscientific articles and journals which pollute scientific libraries and are the inevitable answer to the prime commandment of academic life: "publish or perish.".

  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @08:56AM (#46395415) Homepage

    If the only reason she's there is your money then you're doing it wrong.

    Spend it on hookers until you find The One. It's far cheaper. And more fun.

    Remember: Women are sneaky and knowing when she's The One is difficult (doubly so when you've got money).

  • by Holammer ( 1217422 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @09:07AM (#46395475)

    I have a *very* rare name/surname combination, so I'm easy to find, or at least I would be if I had a Facebook account, which I don't.
    So I've had two employers ask me why they can't find anything about me on Google/Facebook, one of them even asked me straight up if I had served time in prison. So I'm not surprised by the findings, at all.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @11:36AM (#46396609)

    It's actually a quite decent journal. If you have concrete claims for your sarcastic remarks, please share them, but I am unaware of any evidence that the journal is not, largely, a good and honest scientific publication.

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