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The psychological benefits of being authentic on Facebook
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 20:56 authored by Rachel Grieve, Watkinson, J
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.
Publication titleCyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Department/SchoolSchool of Psychological Sciences
PublisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Place of publicationUnited States
Rights statementCopyright 2016 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.