Answer to Question 1
Yes, I did find this article relatable because the main aim of this study was to investigate the effects that political affiliation and physical attractiveness can have on the possibility of accepting a Facebook friend request. This article has provided a detailed concept about both the aspects of political affiliation and physical attractiveness and it has even included surveying of Numerous individuals and their preferences for excepting a Facebook friend request. In addition to this, the article has even covered the influence of Facebook on facilitating social relationships with individuals. There were several research- generated profiles that were created according to different cultures, races, backgrounds, similarities or no similarities between hobbies, birthdays, and more. Their profiles were created for the participants so that the results can be generated in order to research their choices and preferences before accepting the Facebook friend request. The research even emphasized similarities by considering diverse aspects which might cater to their thoughts and reasons behind connecting with people.
Answer to Question 2
The researchers focused on the physical attractiveness of Facebook profiles based on two conditions: physically attractive and physically unattractive. Apart from this, political affiliation was also recognized in the description box of the profile which included three conditions: Democrat, Republican, and Independent. By following these conditions, the participants were asked about how likely they would accept the friend request of the Facebook profile that they viewed. Primarily, the researchers hypothesized that the participants would likely accept the Facebook friend request for profiles that were physically attractive and were similar to their political affiliation as compared to the other profiles that were provided to them. The researchers thought in such a way because it often happens that the people either accept the Facebook friend request if they know someone or if they are attractive. The level of attractiveness is considered by the looks of the person or their attractiveness of profile including the descriptions and details provided.
Answer to Question 3
The study investigated the effects of physical attractiveness along with political affiliation on the possibility of accepting a Facebook friend request. After conducting the statistical analysis, it was discovered that the participants had a higher preference for the physically attractive condition while accepting the Facebook friend request as compared to those viewing the unattractive condition. The findings recommended that the factor of physical attractiveness is an over- determining factor while assessing a Facebook friend request by emphasizing beauty to positive characteristics. On the other hand, the research related to the effect that similarity of political affiliation can impact the possibility of accepting a Facebook friend request was unclear. A similar political affiliation can help in generating an effective Facebook relationship but there are also chances that the people might not choose to be politically united because they want to avoid rejection. However, physical attractiveness might also help in solidification of the relationship between the political association and probability of acceptance which is also known for convincing the people's acceptance towards others.
Koller, E., Swanda, A., Noonan, J., & Sisneroz, M. (2018). The Effects of Physical Attractiveness and Political Affiliation on Facebook Friend Acceptance. Cdn.ymaws.com. Retrieved 26 March 2022, from https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.psichi.org/resource/resmgr/journal_2018/23-4_koller.pdf.