Who prefers anonymous self-expression online? A survey-based study of Finns aged 15-30 years

Teo Keipi, Atte Oksanen*, Pekka Räsänen

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

Abstrakti

The dominance of computer-mediated communication in the online relational landscape continues to affect millions of users; yet, few studies have identified and analyzed characteristics shared by those specifically valuing its anonymous aspects for self-expression. This article identifies and investigates key characteristics of such users through online survey by two samples of Finnish users of social networking sites aged 15-30 years (n = 1013; 544). Various characteristics espoused by those especially valuing anonymity for self-expression online were identified and analyzed in relation to the users in question. Favoring anonymity was positively correlated with both grandiosity, a component of narcissism, and low self-esteem. In addition, users with stronger anonymity preference tended to be younger, highly trusting, having strong ties to online communities while having few offline friends. Findings emphasize the significance of a deeper understanding of how anonymity effects and attracts users seeking its benefits while also providing new insights into how user characteristics interact depending on motivation.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut717-732
Sivumäärä16
JulkaisuINFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
Vuosikerta18
Numero6
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 3 kesäk. 2015
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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