Who am I? : representing the self offline and in different online contexts

EMANUEL, Lia, NEIL, Greg J, BEVAN, Chris, STANTON FRASER, Danae, STEVENAGE, Sarah V, WHITTY, Monica T and JAMISON-POWELL, Sue (2014). Who am I? : representing the self offline and in different online contexts. Computers in Human Behavior, 41, 146-152.

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The present paper examines the extent to which self-presentation may be affected by the context in which is it undertaken. Individuals were asked to complete the Twenty Statements Test both privately and publicly, but were given an opportunity to withhold any of their personal information before it was made public. Four contexts were examined: an offline context (face-to-face), an un-contextualized general online context, or two specific online contexts (dating or job-seeking). The results suggested that participants were willing to disclose substantially less personal information online than offline. Moreover, disclosure decreased as the online context became more specific, and those in the job-seeking context disclosed the least amount of information. Surprisingly, individual differences in personality did not predict disclosure behavior. Instead, the results are set in the context of audience visibility and social norms, and implications for self-presentation in digital contexts are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.09.018
Depositing User: Sue Jamison-Powell
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 09:30
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 12:46
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10263

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