Japanese vs. American Facebook/日本人とアメリカ人のFacebook使い方

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Facebook: Japanese vs. American Style

In America, it is common to post every little thing on Facebook.

This morning I ate a spectacular banana, and wrote myself a reminder to post about that banana on Facebook (it was a great banana).

Crazy university photos, trips to Las Vegas, that rock that looks like Brad Pitt – everything goes on Facebook. Cute selfies on the profile pic, you and your 5 closest friends on the cover photo, and a photo documentation of your cat’s daily life are essential Facebook staples.

However, Japanese people tend to post a lot less in general than Americans. Like the social site mixi.jp, Japanese Facebook profile pics are usually an obscured photo of the person, a cute animal, or the person with a group of friends. My friends don’t often put up many photos of themselves on Facebook, rather, other people tag them in photos. Why not?

Japanese people prefer anonymity online more than Americans do. Japanese media will often blur out faces, or not show faces, even with regards to celebrities. Japanese people appear to be more wary of the repercussions of posting their photos online than Americans. Of course, not all Americans post crazy pics that everyone on Facebook can see, but they still tend to post crazier photos and post photos that show their faces. Japanese people are sometimes even uncomfortable with sharing their real names online. When you meet an American, it’s customary to become Facebook friends fairly quickly, even if you don’t know the person, by clicking on Friend Request and waiting for them to accept. It’s even faster due to cell phones. When you meet a Japanese person, however, it’s customary to ask their permission before you send the Friend Request. Some people might see it as rude to simply send the request, since you are little more than acquaintances. It’s best to ask in person, but you can also send a short message asking them to become your friend. Recently, however, more and more Japanese students just send me the request, without asking. They must have caught onto the American Facebook way.

How do you feel about sharing photos on Facebook? Do you use your own photo or do you use animals or whatever instead? Are there other cultural differences you notice?

アメリカ人と日本人のフェースブックの比較

アメリカ人はよくフェースブックで日々の全部を投稿しますよ。

例えば、朝起きて、バナナを食べて、絶対投稿しようと思います(笑)

実はそこまで行かないけど、アメリカ人は何でもフェースブックに投稿するはずですよ。飲み会の写真やラスベーガスの写真やくだらない写真を全部を追加しますね。プロフィルの画像は素敵な自撮りで、カバー画像は友人と一緒の写真で、日々の画像をよく追加します。

逆に、日本人の知り合いはあんまり投稿しませんよ。mixiみたいな顔が見えないプロフィル写真を使うか、可愛い動物の画像を使いますね。アメリカ人と比べると日本人はあんまり写真を追加しませんよ。どうしてだろう?と思いました。

日本人はアメリカ人より無名の方が良いらしいですね。アメリカ人は別に自分の顔を見せるのは嫌じゃありません。アメリカ人はもっとくだらない写真や恥ずかしい写真を追加しそうですね。アメリカ人のみんなじゃなくても、する人が多いですね。アメリカ人は本当の名前を使ってもかまいませんよ。

アメリカ人に会ったら、直ぐフェースブックで友人になってもかまいませんね。知り合い位でも、直ぐ友人リクエストしても大丈夫ですね。携帯電話もあるから、直ぐリクエストできますね。自分の日本人の友達の中はリクエストする前に、ちゃんと聞かないとダメですね。最近の日本人の学生は聞かなくてもリクエストを取りますが、それは留学してるからかもしれませんね。

どう思いますか?フェースブックに顔を出しますか?出しませんか?他の違いは気づいていましたか?

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