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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! A group of Psychologists at Oregon State University conducted an experiment where they created two fake Facebook profiles for a 20-year-old girl named Amanda Johnson. Both profiles stated the same interests but each profile shared a different photo of the same person. 

One posted a modest photo of Amanda with a scarf covering her chest, the other had a photo of Amanda in a low-cut dress with a mid-thigh slit and a garter belt.

The researchers then went on to ask 58 girls between 13-18 and 60 young women between 18-25 questions about one of the profiles regarding physical attractiveness, social attractiveness and task competence.

It was found that the "modest" Amanda scored higher and was considered prettier, friendlier and more competent by her peer group.

The "sexier" version of Amanda was judged as less physically and socially attractive, as well as less competent. The study, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture describes this trend as a "no-win" situation for young girls and women.

"This is a clear indictment of sexy social media photos," researcher Elizabeth Daniels said in the university press release. "There is so much pressure on teen girls and young women to portray themselves as sexy, but sharing those sexy photos online may have more negative consequences than positive."

This study says a lot about perception and how difficult it can be for women who upload "sexy" photos all the time to get a job especially if the employer is a female. The study, however, is very limited because it only focuses on the opinions of young girls whose thoughts could have been thwarted by jealousy. I think that the study would have been more effective if the women were a bit older.

However, as it stands, girls who appear modest on social media are seen in a better light. The Oregon researchers said that they hope their findings will spark some important conversations about how much young girls are under the social microscope. "Why is it we focus so heavily on girls' appearances?" Daniels said in the press release. "What does this tell us about gender? Those conversations should be part of everyday life."

Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.