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Social Comparisons at Your Fingertips: The Importance of Ingroup/Outgroup Status

Knobloch-Westerwick, Silvia and Westerwick, Axel (2011) Social Comparisons at Your Fingertips: The Importance of Ingroup/Outgroup Status. pp. 1-5. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Abstract

An online experiment tested predictions on online users’ selective viewing of social information. It was hypothesized that selections are affected by users’ ingroup minority-versus-majority status, valence of portrayals, and ingroup and outgroup membership of featured individuals, specifically among users with low or moderate self-esteem. A sample of 113 women, 30-45 years old, served to test hypotheses. Examined numeric minority groups were stay-home mothers and working women without children as, as well as working mothers as numeric majority. As predicted, the majority group avoided positive ingroup member portrayals, whereas both minority groups preferred them.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS5 Psychology > WS51 Social Attitudes
WS5 Psychology > WS53 Human Information Processing
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:433
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:53
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:11

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