Fired for what you post online?: a self-regulatory perspective on inappropriate online self-presentation

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dc.contributor Hart, William P.
dc.contributor Ward, Thomas B.
dc.contributor Zhou, Shuhua
dc.contributor.advisor Guadagno, Rosanna E.
dc.contributor.advisor Hamilton, James C. Muscanell, Nicole Lori
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T16:50:05Z 2017-03-01T16:50:05Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001344
dc.identifier.other Muscanell_alatus_0004D_11570
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Social media offer the ability to communicate simultaneously to a diverse audience. This creates a risk of sharing inappropriate information that may lead to negative consequences. The present research examined whether failures in self-regulation can explain why some individuals share inappropriate information through social media. Study 1 demonstrated that trait self-control predicted disclosure of self-damaging information on social networking profiles. Individuals low in self-control were more likely to report having posted this type of information. Study 2 tested the effectiveness of an ego-depletion manipulation to be utilized in subsequent studies. In Study 3, individuals with depleted regulatory resources were more likely create mock social networking profiles containing potentially damaging information, regardless of their audience (no audience vs. a low risk audience vs. a high risk audience). Study 4 demonstrated that creating a profile to be seen by multiple audiences influenced performance on a subsequent self-regulatory task. Specifically, creating a profile for multiple social networking audiences led to more time spent creating the profile and worse performance on test questions, suggesting that presentation to multiple audiences may consume more regulatory resources. Finally, Study 5 examined whether being depleted (or not) affected how participants think about their social networking audience (i.e., do they narrowly focus on a small set of social networking friends when they are depleted?). Results reveal that this was not the case. Overall, findings indicate that failures in self-regulation may explain to some extent why individuals share inappropriate information via social media. en_US
dc.format.extent 86 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. en_US
dc.subject Social psychology
dc.title Fired for what you post online?: a self-regulatory perspective on inappropriate online self-presentation en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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