Facebook, Myspace, and their correlations with social class

@movicont (495)
United States
March 24, 2009 9:25pm CST
I recently read an article here [ http://www.danah.org/papers/essays/ClassDivisions.html ] outlining the correlation Facebook and Myspace had with social class. It was an interesting read, positing that Myspace had more lower class users than Facebook. Of course, this isn't difficult to surmise if you look at the history of the two websites---Facebook started as a Harvard-only social network, but later expanded to the general population, whereas Myspace began with the general population. Any thoughts?
2 responses
• United States
25 Mar 09
I disagree. I happen to have both MySpace and Facebook accounts, and people would not classify me as "trash." My fiance holds a PhD in Quantum Physics; I am working toward a PhD and am currently a nurse. I believe you get the good with the bad on ANY socializing network - well, with anything in life, really. Personally, I used to like MySpace because you did not have applicantions thrown in your face constantly. Now, it would seem as though MySpace is walking in the footsteps of Facebook in that aspect, and I am finding both sites to be extremely annoying with the applications. "Download this," "someone sent you that," "poke this person," "hug that person." Personally? I wish there was an application in which to "CHOKE" the people who invent these stupid, childish applications.
@movicont (495)
• United States
25 Mar 09
Well, I think the statement in the article was more of a generalization--it's not meant to apply to every single person on each site. Besides, lower class doesn't equal "bad", as you seem to be presuming, nor does upper class equal "good". They are merely catering to two different sets of people. Of course, the article could be wrong, as it was mostly based on observations and interviews, not hard data.
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I agree with this. More trash is on myspace and more gossip and drama goes on there. I can honestly say that I have thought this in the last few weeks, but didnt say anything because I thought it was just me. I am glad that some others think this too!