Play by the rules or rebel without a cause?

August 1st, 2007 by kathy

Well, your response to that could well determine if you use Facebook or MySpace. In the latest issue of Newsweek (with the cover, “Slaughter in the Jungle”), writer Steven Levy (The Technologist) talks about an apparent class war between the two social networking sites.

According to a controversial study done by Berkeley researcher Danah Boyd, “The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes and other ‘good’ kids are now going to Facebook. These kids tend to come from families who emphasize education and going to college.” Weird. The jocks in my high school were all really bad boys. And not in that good-bad way—more in that, I’m-a-real-jerk kind of way.

Of course, since all the nice kids are using Facebook, the bad ones hang out in the back alley of the internet: MySpace. Cue dramatic music. Boyd says those kids are the ones “whose parents didn’t go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school.” Her research was based on “months of interviews, field observations, and profile analysis.” As for Facebook, one reason the site is may be so hip with the richies is because it started at Harvard and spread out “from the Ivies.”

Go figure.

Natch, MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe totally disagree with Boyd’s findings. “We have everyone from heavy-metal bands to mothers in Portland, OR,” says DeWolfe. “How are you going to put 70 million people in a box?” Snap. Oh, and another good point: many Facebook members are also MySpace users.

You know, should I ever give in and join one of those social networking sites, I’m gonna have to join MySpace—sounds like they’ll accept me and my state school degree with open arms.