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Putting their Best Foot Forward: Emotional Disclosure on Facebook
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
  • Lin QIU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Han LIN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Angela Ka Yee LEUNG, Singapore Management University
  • William TOV, Singapore Management University
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Journal Article
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Facebook has become a widely used online self-representation and communication platform. In this research, we focus on emotional disclosure on Facebook. We conducted two studies, and results from both self-report and observer rating show that individuals are more likely to express positive relative to negative emotions and present better emotional well-being on Facebook than in real life. Our study is the first to demonstrate impression management on Facebook through emotional disclosure. We discuss important theoretical and practical implications of our study.
  • Facebook,
  • social media,
  • disclosure,
  • self-representation,
  • emotions,
  • college students,
  • emotional well-being
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
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Lin QIU, Han LIN, Angela Ka Yee LEUNG and William TOV. "Putting their Best Foot Forward: Emotional Disclosure on Facebook" Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking Vol. 15 Iss. 10 (2012) p. 569 - 572 ISSN: 2152-2715
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