by Victoria Revay
| June 25, 2007 at 10:14 am
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According to a six month survey conducted by Danah Boyd, a UC Berkley PhD student, users of MySpace and Facebook are divided by more than their musical preferences. It seems users of both sites are also determined by their class status in society. The research suggested that Facebook users come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college as opposed to MySpace users who end to get jobs right after finishing high school. Ms. Boyd also said that although defining class is more difficult in the US as opposed to other countries because it did not directly relate to income, social networks in a way serve as the barometer. She said social networks are strongly connected to race, geography and religion, which can also translate to lifestyle choices and class.
Teens are using social network sites to build community and connect with their peers," she said. "And through it, they are showcasing all of the good, bad, and ugly of today's teen life.