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WC Students to Present Papers at Regional Sociology Conference

CJ Potter and Kendra Cozzens Study 'Personality and Facebook'

March 2, 2010

Two Wilmington College students will present a paper highlighting their original research at the North Central Student Sociology Conference in Chicago in April.

Seniors Kendra M. Cozzens and Charles J. “C.J.” Potter had their research paper accepted in what Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of social and political studies at WC, described as an especially “competitive” selection process.

Cozzens, a psychology major from Morrow, and Potter, a business/psychology major from Troy, will give a 15-minute presentation of their work at the conference.

“This is really quite an honor for our students,” said Batiuk, who teaches the Advanced Methods course for which they conducted their research.

In research titled “Personality and Facebook,” Cozzens and Potter determined that personality type has an effect on the social aspects of Facebook use.

“We hypothesized that extroverts would use Facebook more socially through wall posts, pictures and friends, and that extroverts would have lower levels of privacy settings,” they wrote in the paper’s abstract.

“We also hypothesized that surveys, which stressed confidentiality, would realize more accurate representations of online profiles.”