Predicting Users’ Privacy Boundary Management Strategies on Facebook

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2014

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Title64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association
PlaceUnited States
CitySeattle
Period22 - 26 May 2014

Abstract

This study examines how users regulate their interpersonal boundaries on Facebook. Drawing from Communication Privacy Management theory (CPM), we propose that Facebook users maintain personal privacy by adopting two sets of boundary management strategies—privacy setting control and self-disclosure control. The influence of social media usage and individual differences on such a boundary management process is also explored. A survey of 224 college students in a large public Asian university was conducted. Results show that different uses of social media (e.g., social interaction, social browsing, and entertainment) predicted different boundary management strategies. Personalities (e.g., big-five) and privacy-related psychological factors (e.g., privacy literacy and concern about privacy) also showed significant influences. We concluded that the privacy setting options offered by the social networking sites were only useful insofar to provide users with a base point and a psychological sense of security, and had little influence in Facebook users’ actual self-disclosure behavior on Facebook; users were more likely to rely on frequent changes of privacy settings and controlling level of self-disclosure to maintain a privacy boundary.

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Predicting Users’ Privacy Boundary Management Strategies on Facebook. / LIU, Qian; YANG, Ming; YAO Mike, Zhengyu; TU, Caixie.

2014. Paper presented at 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, Seattle, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)