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Deception on facebook : relation between personality, deviation from reality and channels of deception

Möller, Tim (2016) Deception on facebook : relation between personality, deviation from reality and channels of deception.

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Abstract:Purpose: The purpose of this explorative study is to investigate to what extent facebook users engage in deceptive self-impression management, publishing an enhanced version of their self. Further purpose of this study was to explore to which degree personality can be related to the deviation from reality and the channels of deception on facebook. Method: A group of 94 respondents filled in an online survey containing questions about their facebook use and deceptive behaviour. Further, estimates about the facebook use of others were asked. Finally the respondents filled in the Brief HEXACO Inventory (BHI). Results: Prevalence analyses revealed that deception is a very common phenomenon on facebook. The majority of the respondents admitted to deceive when presenting themselves on the social network. The estimates about others’ deceptive behaviour were even higher. The results showed personality can be related to the likelihood to deceive on facebook. Openness to Experience is thereby the personality dimension that is most strongly related to dishonesty in selfpresentation. Extravert individuals in turn are most honest. Discussion: The findings are interpreted in light of personality and impression management theories. Further research to the new findings is suggested and strengths and limitations of the study are discussed. Finally, practical applications of the findings are suggested.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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