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Title: Liar, Liar! An examination of how open, supportive and honest people are in Chat Rooms
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
First Published: Jan-2002
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Computers in Human Behavior, 2002, 18(4), pp. 343-352.
Abstract: This research had two aims. Firstly, to examine availability of emotional support in chat rooms, and secondly, to investigate openness and dishonesty in chat rooms. Three hundred and twenty respondents (160 women and 160 men) filled out the ‘Chat Room Survey’. It was found that people who spend more time in chat rooms were more likely to be open about themselves, receive emotional support, and give emotional support. Women were more likely than men to give emotional support. Men were more likely to than women to lie, and were more likely to lie about their socio-economic status. In contrast, women were more likely than men to lie for safety reasons. This study challenges some past speculations about online relationships, and argues that future research must consider demographic details more when examininginteractions on the Internet.
DOI Link: 10.1016/S0747-5632(01)00059-0
ISSN: 0747-5632
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © Elsevier Science Ltd 2002. 'NOTICE from the publisher: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers in Human Behavior, 2002, 18(4), pp. 343-352. DOI:10.1016/S0747-5632(01)00059-0”
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