Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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"To Share or Not to Share:" A Study of an Individual's Self-Representation on Instagram in Accordance with Impression Management Theory
by Blackwell, Breyanna M., M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2017, 46; 13830159
Abstract (Summary)

This research study examined what the motivations and consequences of self-disclosure on Instagram were as well as its correlation with Impression Management Theory. The research used a 37 question survey which was distributed on social media, through the Department of Media and Communication at ETSU as well as a public speaking class. There were 232 participants in this study who were 18 or older and used Instagram. Research found that individuals’ self-disclose using levels of relationship management, showing off, information sharing and habitual behavior. Future research includes the opportunity to incorporate a sample of participants across different cultures to analyze the differences in self-disclosure styles on Instagram.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waters, Susan
Commitee: Marshall, Steohen, Price-Rhea, Kelly, Waters, Susan
School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Media and Communication
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Web Studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Impression management, Instagram, Mass communication, Self-disclosure, Self-representation, Social media
Publication Number: 13830159
ISBN: 9780438790933
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