Title
To share or not to share? Adolescents self-disclosure about peer relationships on Facebook : an application of the Prototype Willingness ModelTo share or not to share? Adolescents self-disclosure about peer relationships on Facebook : an application of the Prototype Willingness Model
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Research group
Media, ICT and interpersonal relations in Organisations and Society (MIOS)
Publication type
article
Publication
Elmsford, N.Y.,
Subject
Psychology
Mass communications
Computer. Automation
Source (journal)
Computers in human behavior. - Elmsford, N.Y.
Volume/pages
44(2015), p. 230-239
ISSN
0747-5632
ISI
000348965000025
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Adolescents are the most fervent users of social network sites, hereby disclosing a lot of personal information. In this study, we used the Prototype Willingness Model to examine whether the sharing of personal information about peer relationships follows a rational and intended pathway, or a more impulsive unconscious decision-making pathway. Data from a sample of 1314 adolescents (M = 16.68, SD = 1.16) were analyzed using Structural Equation Modeling, to assess the predictive power of the reasoned pathway (attitude and subjective norm of friends, parents and teachers), and the social-reaction pathway (prototype favorability and similarity). Results showed the unique importance of the reasoned pathway in predicting adolescents disclosing behavior, with attitude as the strongest predictor. Nevertheless, the social-reaction pathway also significantly contributed to the prediction of the disclosing behavior. In sum, adolescents self-disclosure on social network sites is mostly the result of a rational, deliberated process, but can be influenced by a more emotional spontaneous response to a given online situation. Therefore, policy makers, practitioners or parents might stress the possible opportunities and risks that disclosing personal information can entail, so adolescents themselves develop a more critical attitude toward sharing their information online.
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