A Study of Online Misrepresentation, Self-Disclosure, Cyber-Relationship Motives, and Loneliness among Teenagers in Taiwan
Journal of Educational Computing Research Volume 48, Number 1, ISSN 0735-6331
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between online misrepresentation (OM), self-disclosure (SD), cyber-relationship motives (CRM), and loneliness in teenagers. A survey was conducted using a sample of 608 Taiwanese teenagers (13 to 18 years of age). The instruments used include scales of loneliness, OM, and SD in real life (SD-R) and in cyberspace (SD-C). The findings show that 70.23% of teenagers report engaging in OM, indicating that it is a universal phenomenon. This study found no gender differences in reported OM and found that teenagers with online dating experiences exhibited different SD behavior online and offline. A multiple regression analysis showed that a lower valence of SD-R and an increase in the depth of control and accuracy of both SD-C and OM were predictive of teenagers' CRM with an overall middle level of explanatory power; further, lower accuracy and increased intent of SD-R, as well as increases in intentions of easier communication and sexual partners of CRM, were predictive of teenagers' OM, with overall low levels of explanatory power. Recommendations for future research are suggested. (Contains 4 tables.)
Huang, C.L. & Yang, S.C. (2013). A Study of Online Misrepresentation, Self-Disclosure, Cyber-Relationship Motives, and Loneliness among Teenagers in Taiwan. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 48(1), 1-18.