Does Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Sites Enhance Well-Being? The Role of Social Anxiety, Online Disinhibition, and Psychological Stress

Chan, Tommy K.H. (2021) Does Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Sites Enhance Well-Being? The Role of Social Anxiety, Online Disinhibition, and Psychological Stress. In: Information Technology in Organisations and Societies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives from AI to Technostress. Emerald, Bingley, pp. 175-202. ISBN 9781839098130, 9781839098123

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Abstract

The proliferation of social networking sites (SNSs) has drawn attention to different parties in realizing their goals. Advertisers utilize SNSs to promote new products and services; politics optimize SNSs to gather support from the public, while ordinary users use SNSs as a unique platform to practice self-disclosure, develop networks, and sustain relationships. This study explores how social anxiety affects self-disclosure on SNSs and well-being. It also examines the moderating effects of two contextual factors, namely, online disinhibition and psychological stress. Two hundred and thirty-four valid responses were collected via an online survey. A positive relationship between social anxiety and self-disclosure, and self-disclosure and well-being was found. Furthermore, a positive moderation effect among social anxiety, online disinhibition, and self-disclosure was revealed. This research contributes to the development of social networking literature. It also enhances the understanding of disclosure patterns on SNSs among socially anxious individuals, thereby providing important insights for practitioners, educators, and clinicians.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-disclosure, social networking sites, social anxiety, well-being, online disinhibition, psychological stress
Subjects: C800 Psychology
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 07:38
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46610

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