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Self-Disclosure Patterns among Chinese Users in SNS and Face-to-Face Communication

Yashu Chen
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Yashu Chen: Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2015, vol. 5, issue 1, 55-69

Abstract: This exploratory study focused on Chinese social network sites (SNS) users to determine whether their online self-disclosure differed from offline and whether culture had an impact on the patterns of their self-disclosure. Sixteen active users of Chinese online social networks were interviewed about their self-disclosing experiences. Results of a qualitative analysis suggest that culture was likely to impact the behavior of study participants by modifying the patterns of self-disclosure. Participants tended to disclose themselves indirectly on SNS, strived to make positive impressions, and revealed few intimate issues. In face-to-face communication, the relationships between disclosers and target persons as well as the target persons' status and background influenced the contents of self-disclosure.

Date: 2015
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