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Title: Image choice to represent the self in different online environments
Authors: Whitty, M
Doodson, J
Creese, S
Hodges, D
First Published: 2014
Presented at: 6th International Conference, SCSM 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014. Proceedings
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2014, 8531 LNCS, pp. 528-537
Abstract: This paper draws from 'impression management theory' to examine the choices individuals make to visually represent themselves on Facebook and Twitter. We interviewed 20 participants about their image choice and the sorts of inferences others make about their identity. Participants were asked whether they believed their image influenced the types of people who connect with them, and whether their pictorial representation affected the topics and type of communication they have with other people. Contrary to previous research on online impression management, we found that few individuals were motivated to create a specific impression by playing with different images and instead individuals were motivated to appear genuine and authentic. Only a few desired hiding behind an avatar in order to feel freer to self-disclose. We found that Facebook and Twitter were perceived as very different spaces with different affordances and that these perceived affordances influenced participants' choice in image. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
DOI Link: 10.1007/978-3-319-07632-4_50
ISSN: 0302-9743
eISSN: 1611-3349
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The final publication is available at Springer via
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