The video above shows Michael A. Stefanone discussing the results of a study he and other researchers conducted through the University of Buffalo, "Contingencies of Self-Worth and Social-Networking-Site Behavior" that has been published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Shari Roan of the L.A. Times reports that "a study :
on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong personal characteristics, according to new research. These women are more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention.Read more.
A friend of mine shared Roan's article on Facebook. She had recently posted pictures of herself at a book-signing and shared the article for irony's sake. Nevertheless, her reasons for posting her pictures should tell us all not to judge anyone's nature or character strictly by this study. While her photos include her, they're really about her work as a writer.
Also, my friend is over 35 and this study focused on "311 men and women with an average of 23." I think that it may ignore, if I go by the L.A. Times article, that women around age 23 are more focused on catching a date or a permanent mate and as anthropologists tell us, most men do not first look at your family history, career choices, and I.Q. test results when they're thinking about dating or marrying you. They routinely study face and body. So, hormones driving the female desire to mate with an understanding of the male gaze is encouraging this kind of behavior as much as anything else, maybe more than anything else.