Effects of self-disclosure on relational intimacy in Facebook

Namkee Park, Borae Jin*, Seunga Jin

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Abstract

The present study examined the association between self-disclosure and intimacy in the context of Facebook. As the antecedents of self-disclosure, the study included the need for affiliation and the motivations for relationship maintenance and initiation. Using data from an online survey (N = 249), structural equation modeling analyses revealed that self-disclosure amount and positivity were positively associated with intimacy, while self-disclosure honesty and intent were not associated with intimacy. The study also found no direct association between the need for affiliation and self-disclosure. Rather, the need for affiliation was associated with the motivations for relationship maintenance and initiation, which in turn affected self-disclosure and intimacy. The theoretical implications of the study were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1974-1983
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Intimacy
  • Need for affiliation
  • Relational motivations
  • Self-disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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