Church and Thambusamy’s paper is extremely relevant to for this age of social media; they analyze the incentives for lying on the internet for appraisal and hedonistic purposes. Well, to be more specific, they are examining the roles of competition in determining intentions towards personal information deception. (Church, Thambusamy 274). The authors surveyed 499 participants, with 25% of them being male and 75% female; over 70% of respondents have used Facebook (the biggest website that collects data) for 2 years or more. Personally, I believe this is a fantastic sample; since the majority of users have used social media for a while, they are immersed in the social media mentality and are the best possible respondents for this survey.
The paper proved 4 out of 5 hypothesis originally presented; this was what interested me the most, the fact that they could not competitive social norms are positively related to the desire for online competition. This means that just because some apps and websites, such as PokemonGo, are successful in capitalizing on competition, it does not mean that people inherently want to compete with each other online.
We discussed this in class a couple of times and a certain example popped into my mind; in the Nelson and Dawson paper that we read on week 5 talks about how Socrates did not have a competitive classroom and did not explicitly grade and rank his students. However, anyone who reads Plato can notice that the students do informally compete with each other; they are always talking on top of each other to try to impress Socrates. So even when we don’t need to compete we do.
The question persists in my mind; is competition inherent? foroughpassyar4396 points out that “biological determinism and what constitutes the natural are fuzzy along with his arguments from developmental psychology”.
Well, this study could not prove that societal norms encourage us to be more competitive. So I’m not convinced that we’re not instinctively competitive animals fighting for limited goods. The authors that we analyzed all throughout the semester seem to have different answers for this question. What do you think?