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Abstract

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.

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