網路親密關係中的自我揭露Self-Disclosure in Online Intimate Relationships
Keywords：online intimate relationship, online relationship, self-disclosure, trust
This study examined self-disclosure in online intimate relationships. An online
survey was administered to explore the dimensions of self-disclosure, and in
-depth interviews were conducted to further understand how people disclosed
private information about themselves to establish and/or maintain online
relationships and how self-disclosure could affect online relationships.
The survey results showed that self-disclosure was a multidimensional concept.
The respondents disclosed information related to privacy more often than
information related to past love affairs. Self-disclosure increased trust and
respect, but was not related to privacy. There were no sex differences in self
-disclosure. The in-depth interviews suggested that the content of self
-disclosure varied according to the various stages of the online relationships.
Lack of self-disclosure was considered a form of disclosure. Disclosure is
also related to the mode of communication. The interviewees tended to
maintain relationships by using various communication modes. Future
studies can view self-disclosure as a personality trait and explore the
differences of communication modes in self-disclosure. In addition, future
studies can view self-disclosure as an interaction process and examine the
establishment, maintenance, and dissolution of online relationships.