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class divide: facebook v. myspace

i read a fun article about the class divide of facebook and myspace.

The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes, or other “good” kids are now going to Facebook. These kids tend to come from families who emphasize education and going to college. They are part of what we’d call hegemonic society. They are primarily white, but not exclusively. They are in honors classes, looking forward to the prom, and live in a world dictated by after school activities.

MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, “burnouts,” “alternative kids,” “art fags,” punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. These are kids whose parents didn’t go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school. These are the teens who plan to go into the military immediately after schools. Teens who are really into music or in a band are also on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.

check it out. i agree somewhat with this idea, but it’s related to the development of each service. facebook came out exclusively to the college children while myspace came out of social networking for all and is predominantly used by young people.

as facebook has opened to the public at large, i’d expect the divide to lessen, but have developed their reputations and the lines will probably be drawn.

who knows.

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3 Comments»

  hotbitch wrote @

it seems to me that the club kids, guidos, pornstars, trashy girls shot in their boyshorts from the back, and any and all people puckering and pouting their lips as if to announce that they have just received their latest collagen injection have been left out of the article as being frequent and dedicated myspace users! based on my knowledge these attention seeking too-cool-for-life pple make up a decent amount of everyone’s extended network and deserve the proper notariety! i dont think tom would want them to be left out…

  hotbitch wrote @

ps. i mistakenly submitted without correcting my spelling errors– HOW EMBARRASSING

  ELPEJE wrote @

What about hi5.com, the social networking site which, in my experience, is by far the most popular among youths of Latin American decent, INCLUDING the very affluent and over-educated young men and women of Mexico City, Buenos Aires, etcetera. I haven’t read the full article from which you cite, but its thesis seems to me an unfounded observation—playground banter, not scholarship.


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