It's official there is a Gaydar

Two students at MIT have invented Gaydar.

The study found that it was possible to predict men’s sexual orientation by analysing the gender and sexuality of their contacts on the social networking site ? even if the rest of the information on their profile is set to private.

The small-scale survey indicates that people who believe they have discreet online habits may still be making personal information about themselves public.

As part of the study the researchers Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree scanned the Facebook friends of more than 1,500 fellow students who indicated their sexual orientation ? straight, gay or bisexual ? on their profiles.

This analysis revealed that homosexual men had proportionally more gay friends than straight men, allowing the students to devise a computer programme to predict the sexual orientation of other Facebook users based solely on the sexualities of their friends.

They ran this programme on 10 men who were known to be homosexual but did not reveal this information on their profiles. In each case, the software correctly identified the men to be gay.

Apparently the programme failed to identify lesbians only pooftahs. Gaydar operates quite simply in New Zealand, drink cafe latte = gay, member of the Labour Party probably gay, friends with DPF and member of Labour Party definitely gay, Young Labour = gay, believe in global warming probably gay, blog endlessly about Obama and mooch off friends = gay.

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