Use of social networking by undergraduate psychology majors

Caleb Wayne Lack, Lisa Beck, Danielle Hoover

Abstract


As online social networking grows in popularity, the number of users placing personal information online does as well. Previous studies have shown that undergraduates and medical students put high levels of personal information online, including inappropriate or unprofessional information, which can be easily accessed by anyone. This study focused on an undergraduate psychology major population and assessed how many of them were using Facebook, how much personal information was made publicly available, and how much of that information was questionable in nature. Major findings include the majority of students 1) use Facebook, 2) have a publicly accessible account, and 3) a sizable minority have content of a questionable nature on their publicly viewable accounts.

Keywords


social networking; undergraduate; college; Facebook

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i12.2540



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