The present study investigated how self-disclosure is related to extraversion, social self-efficacy and relationship formation within the popular social networking site, Facebook. Participants were 146 undergraduate students from a small state college. Questionnaires assessing participants, level of extraversion, social self-efficacy, self-disclosure, and number of Facebook friends were completed. Results demonstrated that both extraversion and social self-efficacy had a weak positive correlation with self-disclosure. In addition, within the group of highly extraverted individuals, a weak negative correlation between self-disclosure and a number of Facebook friends was found. A non-significant correlation was found between self-disclosure and number of Facebook friends for the group of individuals with high social self-efficacy. Findings suggested that friendship formation was more closely correlated to the personality traits examined than it was to self-disclosure.
Spratt, Amy M. and Creonte, Dawn
"The Look-at-Me Generation: How Extraversion and Social Self-Efficacy Relate to Online Self-Disclosure,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol15/iss1/8