Attitudes Toward Online Social Connection and Self-Disclosure as Predictors of Facebook Communication and Relational Closeness

  title={Attitudes Toward Online Social Connection and Self-Disclosure as Predictors of Facebook Communication and Relational Closeness},
  author={Andrew M. Ledbetter and Joseph P. Mazer and Jocelyn M. DeGroot and Kevin R. Meyer and Yuping Mao and Brian Swafford},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={27 - 53}
This investigation tested a theoretical model of communication behavior with specific Facebook friends, such that attitudes toward (a) online self-disclosure, and (b) online social connection, predict Facebook communication frequency and, in turn, relational closeness. Participants included both undergraduates and older adults. Results generally supported the model, with the interaction effect between self-disclosure and social connection directly predicting Facebook communication and… 

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