Status, likes and pokes : self-disclosure and motivations for using Facebook.
Ables, Jenna L.
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Facebook provides a unique online environment where the social networking site user engages in facets of self-disclosure, meanwhile having control over information in a reciprocal, interactive communication environment. This study examined the relationship between factors of the uses and gratifications perspective and the Revised Self-Disclosure scale for Facebook users (n = 624). Significant relationships were found between intended disclosure, honesty/accuracy, depth, and Facebook disclosures. Age, time spent, and gender were also significant predictors. Reported social connection received from Facebook usage was a significant pattern throughout the results, providing further support of the user’s social gratifications received from social media use and emphasis of the social factor as a motivation for using Facebook.