Social Spaces on the Internet:  social ( signals + media )


Impression Formation
Assignment 10


1.  Erving Goffman.  Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Anchor. 1959.
2.  T. Marshall, K. Lefringhausen, N. Ferenczi. The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates. Personality and Differences. Vol . 85. Oct. 2015.
3.  Jennifer Marlow, Laura Dabbish, Jim Herbsleb. Impression formation in online peer production: activity traces and personal profiles in github. CSCW2013.
4.  Igor Kotlyar and Dan Ariely.  The effect of nonverbal cues on relationship formationComputers in Human Behavior, (29)3. May 2013. pp. 544-551.

Write up

1.  Try to do this exercise with a partner from class.  Go to a public space, i.e.  cafe, library, the quad.  Select a person to observe.  Then write a few paragraphs describing your impression of them.  Each of you should do this individually for the same person.  Describe what cues gave you specific impressions and why.  Goffman describes impression given and impression given off.  Is the impression given and impression given off the same?  Now, compare your impressions.  How were they similar?  How were they different?  What cues were the same?  What cues were different?

2.  Complete the same exercise with an online profile of your choice on line.  This can be from Facebook, a dating site, github, etc. Discuss differences in impression formation when you know the identity of the person v. when you do not.

Discuss in the context of the readings above. Please no names and photos of people.

Responses should be submitted via compass in PDF form. 

Late responses will not be accepted.

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