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Tell Me More: Online Versus Face-to-Face Communication and Self-Disclosure
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by Olivia E. Bruss, Jennifer M. Hill - Wisconsin Lutheran College
Categories: Social | Emotion | Cognitive
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of type of communication (online or face-to- face) on self-disclosure. A group of 58 college students engaged in a conversation either face-to-face or using an instant-messaging system. Those who conversed online reported a significantly higher amount of personal and perceived partner self-disclosure as measured by an adapted version of the Revised Self-Disclosure Scale (Wheeless, 1978) than those who conversed face-to-face. Implications regarding online communication and its impact on counseling, educational, and personal relationships are discussed.
Spring 2010 | Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 3), published by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology (Chattanooga, TN). Copyright, 2010, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. All rights reserved.