Tuesday, October 30, 2012

College Freshmen Don't Mind Research Use of Public Facebook Profiles

An interdisciplinary team of researchers "investigated publicly available Facebook profiles of freshmen undergraduate students within one large state university Facebook network" and invited 188 of those freshmen to be interviewed for a health study. At the end of the interview, they told the freshmen that they had been selected using their public Facebook profiles. "Participant responses included endorsement (19.7%), fine (36.4%), neutral (28.8%), uneasy (9.1%), and concerned (6.1%)." The researchers acknowledge that 6 percent minority but conclude that "publicly available Facebook profiles of older adolescents are viewed as public spaces by both the adolescents themselves as well as the legal system."

[Moreno, Megan A., Alison Grant, Lauren Kacvinsky, Peter Moreno, and Michael Fleming. “Older Adolescents’ Views Regarding Participation in Facebook Research.” Journal of Adolescent Health 51, no. 5 (November 2012): 439–444. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.02.001]

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