Blogging and self-disclosure: the role of anonymity, self-awareness, and perceived audience

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dc.contributor Hamilton, James C.
dc.contributor Prentice-Dunn, Steven
dc.contributor Ward, Thomas B.
dc.contributor Zhou, Shuhua
dc.contributor.advisor Guadagno, Rosanna E. Okdie, Bradley Michael 2017-03-01T14:40:55Z 2017-03-01T14:40:55Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000595
dc.identifier.other Okdie_alatus_0004D_10692
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Research indicates that the self-disclosure of personal views may occur more often online but that the repercussions for such disclosure may have severely negative consequences (Bargh & McKenna, 2004;Bray, 2004; Nussbaum, 2004). The current study sought to obtain a better understanding of the effect of anonymity, self-awareness, and perceived audience on self-disclosure. The experimental design was a 2 (Anonymity: high vs. low) by 3 (Perceived audience: none vs. limited vs. everyone) between subjects design. Self-awareness--assessed using a measure of trait self-consciousness--was investigated as a mediator of the relation between self-disclosure and the independent variables. To examine this, participants visited the lab at two times. At time 1, they filled out individual difference measures. At time 2, participants were told that they were helping test new blogging software and were asked to write about the typical day of a student. Anonymity was manipulated by either asking participants to enter their full name as their userid (low anonymity) or were told their anonymous userid would be "green". Participants were then told that their blog entry would be deleted, visible to all participants in the study, or published to the Internet and visible to all. Results indicated that, while the manipulation check data revealed that the manipulations worked as intended, the analysis of the blog entries indicated that were no significant differences in self-disclosure. Thus, our results suggest that individuals who self-disclose online are not affected by anonymity or audience size.
dc.format.extent 76 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Behavioral Sciences
dc.subject.other Psychology, Behavioral
dc.title Blogging and self-disclosure: the role of anonymity, self-awareness, and perceived audience
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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