Nevertheless, the majority remain anonymous, probably many more than for social networking sites and blog authors.
There are sex differences in the types of information posted on chat room profiles, with women tending to include more personal information.
Since chat rooms can be used for anti–social purposes, the type and extent of the information posted in chat room profiles seems likely to be different from that in online profiles for social networking sites, which may be more closely tied to offline identities.
This investigation of information in 324 profiles from two chat rooms for adults found that most users include a picture of themselves on their profile, hence apparently tying themselves to their offline identity.
As a potential first point of contact, effective profile construction may play a pivotal role in the management of first impressions.
Moreover, Maccoby and Jacklin (1974) argued that whereas boys gather together in larger peer groups, girls prefer smaller, more intimate friendships and for this reason this may incline females to self–disclose more than males.
Therefore, the chat room represents an online arena in which zero acquaintance interactions take place more frequently.
Like SNSs, many chat rooms afford members the opportunity to create a profile and it is likely that many first impressions will be based on the information presented there.
One does not need to be proficient in computer programming to design a simple online profile as a means to interact with others.
Although Lenhart and Madden (2007) found that that 49 percent of U. teens using SNSs do so to make new friends, the existing literature suggests that SNSs are used principally to maintain pre–existing off–line networks (boyd and Ellison, 2007; Ellison, , 2007).