I recently stumbled over an interesting article – “I’ll poke you. You’ll poke me!” Self-disclosure, social attraction, predictability and trust as important predictors of Facebook relationships (by Pavica Sheldon, Lousiana State University) – that made me think about how I benefit from my social networks.
I learned that main motives for social networking is relationship maintenance, social contact with people we know in real life, passing time when being bored or to find companionship. I completely agree: I use it to stay in contact, to peak onto the sites of friends and see how they are doing and to do ‘something’ when I am bored.
Recent research revealed that personal relationships can be easily formed and maintained online, despite the fact of user’s uncertainties about one another without providing physical closeness, gestures and physical appearance. Continue reading “Cyberpsychology III: Trust Building Through Self-disclosure and Predictability” »