Will someone become friends with a stranger just based off of appearance?
I started off by making two new Facebook profiles. For the two profiles, I used two pictures of people who are the same age. The pictures were of people not known by anyone at NCSA, so that they would not be recognized. They both had completely random names and were from North Carolina, however one iss considered conventionally attractive, and the other's face is covered in acne. I requested the same people to be friends at the same time, and checked the results one day later.
After one day, Jake, the so-called "hottie" had 5 friends. He even had one request of friendship directed to him: Evan Furth!
Walter, the not-so-attractive test subject had only four accepted requests, and no requests offered to him.
What does this say about the way we all choose our friends? Are we really as shallow as to only allow an attractive stranger to be our friend on Facebook? Why are we even in contact with people we don't know at all on the internet?