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Antecedents of positive self-disclosure online: an empirical study of US college students’ Facebook usage

Authors Chen H

Received 3 March 2017

Accepted for publication 4 May 2017

Published 25 May 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 147—153

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S136049

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman


Hongliang Chen

Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Abstract: This study investigates the factors predicting positive self-disclosure on social networking sites (SNSs). There is a formidable body of empirical research relating to online self-disclosure, but very few studies have assessed the antecedents of positive self-disclosure. To address this literature gap, the current study tests the effects of self-esteem, life satisfaction, social anxiety, privacy concerns, public self-consciousness (SC), and perceived collectivism on positive self-disclosure on SNSs. Data were collected online via Qualtrics in April 2013. Respondents were undergraduate students from the University of Connecticut. Using ordinary least squares regression, the current study found that self-esteem and perceived collectivism increased positive self-disclosure, life satisfaction, and privacy concerns decreased positive self-disclosure, and the effects of social anxiety and public SC were not significant.

Keywords: positive self-disclosure, self-esteem, life satisfaction, social anxiety, privacy concerns, public self-consciousness, perceived collectivism

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