American Class Divisions Through MySpace and Facebook

Danah Boyd has an interesting essay up about viewing American class divisions through the utilization of MySpace and Facebook. Her point is that teens are flocking to MySpace and Facebook, but they’re not the same teens. The more well-off are using Facebook, the less well-off are using MySpace. She posits a few reasons, among them the fact that Facebook started off as ".edu’ college students only, which meant it served that exclusive demographic (and then later, high school students who knew college students). Personal experience and observation backs this point 100%.

Boyd also says that in the military the officers are on Facebook, soldiers on MySpace. Is this true?

Fascinating how class divisions seem to make their way onto the internet….

(hat tip: Stan James)

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