- The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology
- List of Contributors
- Introduction to the Handbook
- Social interaction and the Internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain
- Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages
- Trust and social interaction on the Internet
- Trust in Mediated Interactions
- Assessing interactivity in computer-mediated research
- Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction
- Characterizing online groups
- Social networks and online community
- Online social support groups
- Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online
- The psychological dimensions of collective action, online
- Personality, individual differences and Internet use
- Through the Internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self
- Impression management and identity online
- Self-disclosure, Privacy and the Internet
- Computer-mediated communication and social identity
- Attitude change and social influence on the net
- Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online
- Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet
- Internet use and abuse and psychological problems
- Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour
- Tokyo youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outings
- The methodology of Internet-based experiments
- Designing online experiments
- Gathering data on the Internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods research
- Context effects in Internet surveys: New issues and evidence
- Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not
- Technical considerations when implementing online research
- Using Online Panels in Psychological Research
- Internet research ethics
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the extant research literature on self-disclosure and the Internet, in particular by focusing on disclosure in computer-mediated communication and web-based forms – both in surveys and in e-commerce applications. It also considers the links between privacy and self-disclosure, and the unique challenges (and opportunities) that the Internet poses for the protection of privacy. Finally, the article proposes three critical issues that unite the ways in which we can best understand the links between privacy, self-disclosure, and new technology: trust and vulnerability, costs and benefits, and control over personal information. Central to the discussion is the notion that self-disclosure is not simply the outcome of a communication encounter: rather, it is both a product and process of interaction, as well as a way of regulating interaction dynamically. By adopting a privacy approach to understanding disclosure online, it becomes possible to consider not only media effects that encourage disclosure, but also the wider context and implications of such communicative behaviours.
Adam Joinson is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Bath School of Management. His research interests include computer-mediated communication, e-social science, privacy and disinhibition online. He is the author of 'Understanding the Psychology of Internet Behavior' (2003, Palgrave), 'Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet' (with Monica Whitty, Psychology Press, 2007), and has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings in the field.
Carina B. Paine, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University.
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