Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2014

Abstract

We conducted three studies to understand how online emotional disclosure is influenced by social network structure on Facebook. Results showed that emotional disclosure was associated with both the density and size of users’ personal networks. Facebook users with denser networks disclosed more positive and negative emotions, and the relation between network density and emotional disclosure was mediated by stronger need for emotional expression. Facebook users with larger networks on Facebook disclosed more positive emotions, and the relation between network size and emotional disclosure was mediated by a stronger need for impression management. Our study extends past research by revealing the psychological mechanisms through which personal social network structure influences emotional disclosure. It suggests that social network size and density are associated with different psychological needs, which in turn lead to different patterns of emotional disclosure.

Keywords

Facebook, Emotion, Self-disclosure, Social networking, Motivation, Network structure

Discipline

Social Media | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Computers in Human Behavior

Volume

41

First Page

342

Last Page

350

ISSN

0747-5632

Identifier

10.1016/j.chb.2014.09.045

Publisher

Elsevier

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.09.045

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