Jeffrey Graves6/7/2007of them had logged onto facebook.
Moreover, students are not afraid to put a large amount of personal data online including birth dates, addresses, telephone numbers and consumer preferences.
The false sense of anonymity lulls users into a sense of security. Students have beenexpelled or disciplined over information and photographic evidence they post online.
Overall,an estimated 85% of students nationally have accounts on facebook.
The author of this paper can only think of one student at the University of Denver that does not use facebook.While the University of Denver boasts a total student body (graduate and undergraduate)of 10,400
, facebook includes a whopping 8,818 users.
While some of those users may havegraduated, that still means between 70-85% of students use facebook. Of those 8,818 users 51%list their political association.
Therefore, between 35% and 42% of the students at the Universityof Denver advertise their political association, a large enough sample size to get accurate data.Furthermore, since gathering data on facebook does not require interaction with individuals, the potential for researcher bias or unconscious selection is greatly reduced.
This methodologyadmittedly selects individuals who are politically aware. However, it also weeds out those whodo not have strong, formed opinions, emphasizing the differences between groups. A major andirresolvable flaw with this method is that students are under no obligation to tell the truth in their profiles. In other words, they may provide a political view antithetical to their own as an inside joke or list incorrectly their class year. This flaw may skew the data, however, it should be noted
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