Effects of self- and partner's online disclosure on relationship intimacy and satisfaction

Lee, Juwon, Gillath, Omri and Miller, Andrew 2019, Effects of self- and partner's online disclosure on relationship intimacy and satisfaction, PLoS one, vol. 14, no. 3, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212186.

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Title Effects of self- and partner's online disclosure on relationship intimacy and satisfaction
Author(s) Lee, JuwonORCID iD for Lee, Juwon orcid.org/0000-0003-1880-7614
Gillath, Omri
Miller, Andrew
Journal name PLoS one
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Article ID e0212186
Total pages 35
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2019-03
ISSN 1932-6203
Summary Most research on the effects of disclosure on close relationships have been done using offline disclosure. However, disclosure done online has disparate features and thus its effects on relationships may also differ. In five studies and using primes emulating Facebook timelines and messages, we compared the effects of disclosure depth on intimacy and satisfaction in online vs. offline contexts, in romantic vs. friend relationships, and with differing content (self- vs. partner-focused). After demonstrating consistent differences, we examined one mechanism that accounted for the differential effects of online vs. offline disclosure in romantic relationships: perceived inclusivity of the recipients. Results revealed that greater disclosure was associated with higher relational intimacy and satisfaction when done offline (Studies 1 and 4), and lower intimacy and satisfaction when done online (Studies 1-4), in both the discloser (Study 1) and his or her partner (Studies 2-4). The negative association between online disclosure and intimacy was present in romantic relationships, but not in friendships (Study 1). Importantly, this effect only appeared when perceived inclusivity of recipients was high (Study 4). Focusing the online disclosure content on the partner/relationship dissipated its negative effects (Study 5). Together, these studies extend further knowledge on how the effects of disclosure are contextualized, and suggest that disclosure done publicly online may be detrimental to romantic relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0212186
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, Lee et al.
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