Study “Shows” Women Post Ugly Facebook Photos Of Their Friends “On Purpose,” Is Total Garbage
4:33 pm, July 3rd | by Amy Tennery
Hey, ladies, here’s something you can add to the long list of behaviors and habits you have to feel paranoid about: Apparently you and your friends are purposefully posting unflattering photos of each other to Facebook.
In a super scientific study, a quarter of the 1,500 women polled (Statistical significance? Pssh, what’s that?) told Mymemory.com they regularly post “unflattering” photos of their friends “on purpose” to shame and humiliate them. And presumably, to make sure that zomgnooneinvitesthemtoprom.
Fascinatingly, Mymemory didn’t think to poll men — or if they did, they’ve failed to report any of the findings (and failed to respond to a request for comment from The Jane Dough, for that matter). That’s because men, apparently, don’t do passive aggressive things or care about their looks or feel insecure about superficial things anytime, ever. Men are from Mars and they like beer and chicks and fuh’ball.
Of course, this is just the latest in a series of B.S. pop psychology “studies” published by businesses with agendas. Remember that other “study” that claimed women “secretly” love housework? Yea, that one was sponsored by a cleaning product company.
Mymemory, in case you didn’t know, is a service that creates custom photo gifts (like calendars, albums, etc.). So it took a survey of 1,500 women, and published a study — one that perpetuates some of the worst, most insidious stereotypes about women (that we’re calculating, petty, rhymes-with-britches). They didn’t even bother to show how often men supposedly publish pictures of their friends “on purpose” in which they look like Smeagol. (Perhaps the concept was too outlandish for them to even consider.)
And then the Telegraph, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Globe and Mail, Jezebel and everyone else on the planet, apparently, write the study up as though it’s real news, but mostly because it makes a snappy headline (because stereotypes are hilarious!) and we all go “Ugh, women, right?” and Mymemory’s co-founder, Rebecca Huggler, is all “Here, Telegraph, interview me because I know things about photos because I’m the co-founder of this company” and drops gems like this:
“To see that so many women deliberately commit ‘photo sabotage’ and upload unflattering pictures of friends is somewhat surprising, particularly when you consider how many said they’d be mad if the same was done to them.”
Right, women, you’d just straight up and die if someone dared post an unflattering photo of you on Whocaresabook. This is what makes your deliberate “photo sabotage” so, so profoundly evil.
None of us really knows how often anyone would “purposefully” post an ugly picture of you on Facebook. Maybe lots of women do this — who knows! But I’m pretty sure if there’s a way to determine the behavioral habits of a group of 800 million people, it’s not by polling 1,500 of its members.