The New York Times has an interesting piece on “impression management,” the idea that we shape our behavior to alter others’ perceptions of us. This is particularly true of online dating profiles and social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. Here’s a snippet:
“Among Mr. Walther’s findings is that the attractiveness of the friends on your Facebook profile affects the way people perceive you. In a study to be published this year…Mr. Walther and colleagues found that Facebook users who had public postings on their wall (an online bulletin board) from attractive friends were considered to be significantly better looking than people who had postings from unattractive friends.”
Interesting, no? Turns out, you don’t have to be drop-dead gorgeous for other to think you are. Just find good-looking friends, and you’ll be camouflaged in the “pretty jungle.”
Read the full article here.