Facebook Research Making Headlines

July 15, 2011 - In the News

Research about Facebook by two University of Guelph graduate students and a psychology professor is making news headlines. The latest study by psychology PhD students Amy Muise and Emily Christofides and Prof. Serge Desmarais found that parents are a whole lot like their teenagers when it comes to their behaviour on Facebook. Parents are just as likely as their kids to disclose personal information on the social networking site, and they are just as susceptible to the need for popularity.

News reports about the research have appeared in Time magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Indian Express, and on CTV News, among others. Articles were also distributed by the Canadian Press and United Press International (UPI).

The research will be published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science and is available online now.

Previously, the research team published studies on how Facebook creates jealousy and suspicion in relationships, and how the need for popularity drives young adults to disclose more personal information on Facebook than they normally would reveal.

Last year, the researchers received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to further their work.

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