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The Psychological Benefits of Being Authentic on Facebook


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Grieve, R and Watkinson, J 2016 , 'The Psychological Benefits of Being Authentic on Facebook' , Cyberpsychology, Social Networking, and Behavior, vol. 19, no. 7 , pp. 420-425 , doi: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0010.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grieve, R and Watkinson, J
Keywords: Facebook; Euclidean Distances; Social Connectedness; Stress; Self; True Self; Self presentation; Social Media
Journal or Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Social Networking, and Behavior
DOI / ID Number: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0010
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Copyright 2016 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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