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Facebook for Medical Students

Posted by medliorator on August 9, 2008

researchers looked up more than 800 medical students by name on Facebook, finding that 44 percent of them (for a total of 362) had profiles on the social networking service. Only 37 percent of those students had made their Facebook entries private …students were looser with lifestyle information including sexual orientation (revealed by more than half of Facebook-using students), relationship status (revealed by 58 percent of students) and political opinions or positions (revealed by half of students).

Seven of 10 [randomly selected profiles] included photographs in which the subject was drinking alcohol, and some form of excessive or hazardous drinking was implied in as many as half of those photos… Three of the 10 students in the sample had joined groups that could be interpreted as sexist (“Physicians looking for trophy wives in training”) or racially charged

Three of the 10 students in the sample had joined groups that could be interpreted as sexist (“Physicians looking for trophy wives in training”) or racially charged (“I should have gone to a blacker college”).

“I’m not sure I would want to have a permanent, public record of everything I did 10 years ago, but many of our students are creating just such a record, and they need to understand the problems this may cause.”

Future doctors share too much on Facebook, UF researchers say [University of Florida News]

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