Social Penetration Framework And The Levels Of Self Disclosure Are Dependent On The Environment

992 Words May 1st, 2015 4 Pages
The study predicts that Facebook users “show rather then tell” as they tend to be more implicit (unspoken, implied) than explicit (clear-cut, definite) when it comes to self-disclosure (Zhao, Grasmuck & Martin, 2008, p. 1816). This is also true to the social penetration framework which says that the levels of self-disclosure are dependent on the environment. The study methods involved in-depth interviews with a representative sample of 63 college students from diverse backgrounds. This group was added to an initial group of 83 students from similar backgrounds. The profile pages of the participants that used Facebook were downloaded and data was taken on specific information areas of each account (Zhao, Grasmuck & Martin, 2008, p. 1821).
The results of the study showed that 15 students blocked all or most of their accounts. The other 59, had unblocked accounts that were visible to friends and non-friends. When asked, the 41% of the unblocked Facebook users said they were looking for friendship and or a relationship. Overall, the information posted, focused on online contact rather than a desire for offline disclosure since offline information was kept private.
The research articles highlighted in this paper did help to explain how the social penetration framework could point out the changes that CMC and its effect on social communication brings. The articles covered different CMC formats and results varied according to the format studied. Privacy was a cost for both…

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