Let’s all go back to MySpace.
Here’s an article describing how social stratification shows up in social networking among teenagers. Maybe we all knew this already, but there’s some interesting quotes. A few of them after the jump.
Kat (14, Massachusetts): I’m not really into racism, but I think that MySpace now is more like ghetto or whatever, and Facebook is all … not all the people that have Facebook are mature, but its supposed to be like, “oh, we’re more mature.” … MySpace is just old.
Craig (17, California): The higher castes of high school moved to Facebook. It was more cultured, and less cheesy. The lower class usually were content to stick to MySpace. Any high school student who has a Facebook will tell you that MySpace users are more likely to be barely educated and obnoxious. Like Peet’s is more cultured than Starbucks, and jazz is more cultured than bubblegum pop, and like Macs are more cultured than PCs, Facebook is of a cooler caliber than MySpace.
It gets uncomfortable from there:
It wasn’t just anyone who left MySpace to go to Facebook. In fact, if we want to get to the crux of what unfolded, we might as well face an uncomfortable reality: What happened was modern-day “white flight.”
Whites were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. The educated were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those from wealthier backgrounds were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those from the suburbs were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those who deserted MySpace did so by “choice,” but their decision to do so was wrapped up in their connections to others, in their belief that a more peaceful, quiet, less-public space would be more idyllic.
While I think this last bit is stretching it, since absolutely nothing prevents a user from having accounts on both networks, it’s food for thought.
[Via American Stranger]