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Study Finds Facebook Users Judge Attractiveness Based on Other People’s Comments

By / 09.16.12

What’s the first thing you look at when you make a new Facebook friend?

Most likely, it’s the comments on that person’s profile picture, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. The comments your Facebook friends leave on your profile picture strongly affect your level of perceived physical, social and professional attractiveness.

“People tend to rely more on other-generated information than self-generated information when forming impressions,” Hong says. “In other words, opinions of other people matter more than the target person’s own self-presentation. Thus, for social networking users concerned about forming a desired impression, being aware of other-generated information about oneself is paramount in the goal of achieving a positive self-presentation.”

Hong’s research consisted of showing different profile pictures of the same person to her test subjects. Furthermore, photos of people in action — such as an athlete playing sports or a musician playing an instrument — received more positive feedback than head shots.

This means it’s time to start monitoring the snarky remarks your Facebook friends leave on your profile picture.

All you Betches out there, here's your friendly to no longer comment “gorg” on your friends' profile pic. Passive-aggressiveness doesn't always translate to strangers, it's comments like those that apparently speak volumes.

Telling Facebook commenters they have a ton of power and influence? As if the world wasn't scary enough.

[H/T: Mashable]


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