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SN profiles: Inaccurate impressions

A University of Texas researcher has found that social-networking profiles don’t give very accurate pictures of their owners. “Psychology associate professor Samuel Gosling and collaborator David Evans created You Just Get Me, a Facebook application and Web site, to determine how well people understand each other by looking at a personality profile,” reports The Daily Texan at UT. You Just Get Me users answer 40 questions about their personality and then compare their answers to how other users view them. Users rate each other based on first impressions, such as how lazy, ingenious, quiet or rude a person seems.” Interestingly but not surprisingly, the researchers also found that the project teaches its subjects something about how well they understand themselves.

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