A six month study by Danah Boyd from UC Berkeley into teens using the social networking sites Facebook and Myspace has found that Myspace users tend to be the less sucessful. According to the study, Myspace teen users are those who typically acquire a job directly after high school, as opposed to after college. Boyd claims that there are geographical, racial, and religious factors that influence which site teens use. She claims Facebook users “…are in honors classes…live in a world dictated by after school activities.”
In her opinion the Myspace demographic consists of “…the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers…” Mrs. Boyd, I have news for you, your time would be better spent conducting other studies that could make a positive impact on the world. It’s obviously false to characterize Myspace users as this or that. Myspace is home to millions of members. Thus, it would be rather impossible to classify them as Mrs. Boyd’s study suggests.