9. Online Self-Disclosure: A Review of Research (Jinsuk Kim / Kathryn Dindia)
Online Self-Disclosure: A Review of Research
Computer-mediated environments, such as social networking sites and online dating sites, provide us with a variety of opportunities to initiate, develop, and maintain interpersonal relationships. Self-disclosure is a key factor in developing relationships in online environments as it is in face-to-face (FtF) contexts (Dindia, 2000). Researchers have been examining how individuals present themselves in online environments and the factors that influence the way individuals disclose personal information in online settings. There has been an accumulation of research on self-disclosure with respect to FtF contexts (e.g., Collins & Miller, 1994; Derlega, Metts, Petronio, & Margulis, 1993; Dindia, 2002; Dindia & Allen, 1992; Jourard, 1971); however, there has been no comprehensive review of research on how people disclose personal information in various online settings and how this disclosure affects interpersonal relationships.
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