Duke Postdoctoral Fellow Jordan Carpenter has recently published an article on stereotypes of Twitter users based on the content of their tweets. In an innovative study, Carpenter asked participants to guess the gender, political identity, age, and education of a person based on a single tweet. While participants were more likely to guess gender, politics, and age correctly, they performed worse than chance on education.
“An accurate stereotype should be one with accurate social judgments of people,” but clearly every stereotype breaks down at some point, leading to “mistaken social judgement,” Carpenter said.
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