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The psychological benefits of being authentic on Facebook


Grieve, R and Watkinson, J, The psychological benefits of being authentic on Facebook, CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 19, (7) pp. 420-425. ISSN 2152-2715 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1089/cyber.2016.0010


Having others acknowledge and validate one’s true self is associated with better psychological health. Existing research indicates that an individual’s true self may be more readily expressed on Facebook than in person. This study brought together these two premises by investigating for the first time the psychosocial outcomes associated with communicating one’s true self on Facebook. Participants (n = 164) completed a personality assessment once as their true self and once as the self they present on Facebook (Facebook self), as well as measures of social connectedness, subjective well-being, depression, anxiety, and stress. Euclidean distances quantified the difference between one’s true self and the Facebook self. Hypotheses received partial support. Better coherence between the true self and the Facebook self was associated with better social connectedness and less stress. Two models provided evidence of mediation effects. Findings highlight that authentic selfpresentation on Facebook can be associated with positive psychological outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:authenticity, Facebook, self-presentation, social connectedness, social networking sites, true self
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Grieve, R (Dr Rachel Grieve)
UTAS Author:Watkinson, J (Miss Jarrah Watkinson)
ID Code:110195
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-07-19
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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