Facebook and MySpace Highlight American Social Class Divisions

I have never really got into the whole MySpace thing. There is something I don't like about the customization and wallpaper pieces. I think MySpace's generally end up messy and disorganized and ugly. Plus, I always felt the majority of people who use MySpace are somewhat different than me.

This morning I read an article in Newsweek that reiterated and somewhat validated the thoughts I had.
A few weeks ago, [Danah] Boyd—who has done extensive ethnographic work on online behavior, blog-posted an essay tentatively sharing her (admittedly nonscientific) findings after months of interviews, field observations and profile analysis. Generally, she contended, "The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes and other 'good' kids are now going to Facebook. These kids tend to come from families who emphasize education and going to college." MySpace is still home for "kids whose parents didn't go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school."
Boyd's ideas about the two online social networking sites have come under heavy criticism with critics pointing out that many people use both MySpace and Facebook, and in a society that vehemently hates the idea of labeling people groups and classes, Boyd's findings are risky to document. But I agree with Boyd and my own experience, albiet very non-scientific, confirms what she writes. "What I was doing was showing the caricature, not arguing that everything boils down to one versus the other."

I have not yet read Ms. Boyd's entire post but you can access it here.
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