Hall, J, Pennington, N, & Lueders, A 2014, ‘Impression management and formation on Facebook: A lens model approach’, New Media & Society

Hall, J, Pennington, N, & Lueders, A 2014, ‘Impression management and formation on Facebook: A lens model approach’, New Media & Society, 16, 6, pp. 958-982, Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 16 January 2015.

Subject Terms:

*IMPRESSION management
*SOCIAL media
*PERSONALITY
RESEARCH
FACEBOOK (Web resource) — Research
PERSONALITY & situation — ResearchAuthor-Supplied Keywords:Facebook
lens model
online impression formation
online impression management
personality

Abstract:

To extend research on online impression formation and warranting theory, the present investigation reports a Brunswick lens model analysis of Facebook profiles. Facebook users’ (n = 100) personality (i.e. extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness) was self-reported. Facebook users’ profiles were then content analyzed for the presence and rate of 53 cues. Observers (n = 35), who were strangers to profile owners, estimated profile owner personality. Results indicate that observers could accurately estimate profile owners’ extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. For all personality traits except neuroticism, unique profile cues were diagnostic warrants of personality (i.e. indicative of profile owner personality and used to estimate personality by strangers). The results are discussed in relation to warranting theory, impression formation, and lens model research. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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