Deception is Perception

Church and Thambusamy’s paper “competition and information deception in online social networks” explores how the role of competition affects personal information deception online. Essentially, people begin to compete with one another to gain the hedonic benefits from “likes” and “follows”. Which is also quite similar to what Garchia et al. had mentioned about competition. She argues that when people begin to engage in social comparisons a sense of wanting to be better begins to build which then leads to people becoming more and more competitive with one another to better than the other.

As a result of of competing with one another, users show only the best parts of their lifestyles to portray a certain image or garner more attention. Examples of this are shown in in the Church and Thambusamy’s paper with the example from 50 cent who posted a picture with stacks of money but on the other-hand had actually declared bankruptcy. Blaise also mentions that Bun B and T-pain did something similar, claiming to be trillionaires when in reality they were not.

In my opinion these are rather blatant examples of deception. However it becomes more difficult differentiate when people are not revealing certain things due to privacy or confidence issues.

We had discussed about the concept of deception and that it was quite difficult to put a fine line between what is considered personal information deception(PID) and what isn’t. In my opinion, what can be considered deception is not one that can be finely defined because people have different perspectives. A person could look at a page online and claim that it is being deceptive and another person regarding the same page would disagree. Without a universal acceptance of deception or hard evidence to back it up, defining what is deceptive and isn’t is, is not possible.

1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed reading your article and agree with you on the point of what is deception depends on perspective. Views regarding content is really in the eye of the beholder, people are able to make claims about a person’s life without knowing them such as what they posted is a form of deception. One may not have revealed anything about there personal life and thereby everything they post is deception and nothing is real or they have posted everything and there is no deception. The line becomes extremely blurred and very hard to do research on.


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