The role of self-construal in predicting self-presentational motives for online social network use in the UK and Japan

Long, Karen and Zhang, Xiao (2014) The role of self-construal in predicting self-presentational motives for online social network use in the UK and Japan. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17 (7). pp. 454-459. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

Self-presentational motives underlying online social network (OSN) use were explored in samples of British and Japanese users. Self-expression, maintaining privacy, and attention seeking were strong motives in both samples; impression management and modesty were less strongly endorsed. Measures of independent and interdependent self-construal, as well as narcissism and modesty, were investigated as potential predictors of these motivations. Independent self-construal emerged as the most important predictor across both samples, with less independent participants showing more concern with image management and modesty. Participants with more interdependent self-construals were more concerned about maintaining privacy. There were some differences in the patterns of prediction between the samples, but overall self-construal measures contributed to the explanation of the majority of the motivations, whereas narcissistic or modest personality variables did not.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
Depositing User: Karen Long
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 13:34
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 13:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54558
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