Relationship formation on the Internet: What's the big attraction?

  title={Relationship formation on the Internet: What's the big attraction?},
  author={Katelyn Y. A. McKenna and Amie S. Green and Marci Elizabeth Joy Gleason},
  journal={Journal of Social Issues},
We hypothesized that people who can better disclose their “true” or inner self to others on the Internet than in face-to-face settings will be more likely to form close relationships on-line and will tend to bring those virtual relationships into their “real” lives. Study 1, a survey of randomly selected Internet newsgroup posters, showed that those who better express their true self over the Internet were more likely than others to have formed close on-line relationships and moved these… Expand

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