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Online Self-Disclosure: Opportunities for Enriching Existing Friendships

Online Self-Disclosure: Opportunities for Enriching Existing Friendships
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Author(s): Malinda Desjarlais (Mount Royal University, Canada)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 27
Source title: The Psychology and Dynamics Behind Social Media Interactions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Malinda Desjarlais (Mount Royal University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9412-3.ch001

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Abstract

Due to their audiovisual anonymity and asynchronicity, social media have the potential to enhance self-disclosure, and thereby facilitate closeness among existing friends. In this chapter, the author highlights findings relating to the beneficial social connectedness outcomes that can be linked to online self-disclosure, synthesizes relevant literature that addresses who reaps the most benefits from online self-disclosure, and makes suggestions to direct future research in this area. Theoretical perspectives are identified throughout the chapter that are relevant to understanding the benefits of online self-disclosure, the relation between personal characteristics as predictors of online self-disclosure, and moderating factors of the effect of online self-disclosure on social connectedness. Empirical findings support both social compensation and social enhancement perspectives.

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