Online Social Networks: Student Perceptions and Behavior Across Four Countries
Robert Miller and
Michelle Salmona Additional contact information James Melton: Central Michigan University, USA
Robert Miller: Central Michigan University, USA
Michelle Salmona: Australian National University, Australia
Previous research has shown that many college students in the United States post content to social networking sites that they know would be considered inappropriate by employers and other authority figures. However, the phenomenon has not been extensively studied in cross-cultural context. To address this knowledge gap, a survey of college students in Australia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the United States was conducted. The study found a universal tendency among the four groups: students knew the content they were posting would be considered inappropriate by employers and other authority figures, but they chose to post it anyway. The article also reports on differences in the way this tendency was manifested and on related aspects of social networking across cultures, including decisions about privacy and information disclosure.