Right on the heels of another presentation regarding Facebook, Lexi Pulice-Farrow and her research partners are curious in exploring LGBT disclosure on Facebook and other social media sites.
A few hypotheses were presented including that gay Facebook users are less likely to list the gender of people they are romantically interested in; more out users are less concerned about their privacy and image presentation online; and gay users are less likely to post pictures of themselves with their partners. The survey used for the study was available for both ASC students and non-ASC students. The results showed little correlation between people’s concern over privacy settings, self-image, and their sexual orientation.
The study was strong because of the number of people who could access the survey. Based on a snowball technique of a friend hearing about it from a friend, people from around the country could access the study. However, one limitation in this study was the lack of a larger gay male sample. There were also a number of bisexual Facebook users who filled out the survey, but this information was excluded from the analysis; in the chance that these people were in heterosexual relationships, it could skew the data by drawing a gray line between these relationships and homosexual relationships.