Self-disclosure and new communication technologies: The implications of receiving superficial self-disclosures from friends

Stephen A Rains, Steven R. Brunner, Kyle Oman

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The reported study examined the implications of receiving superficial self-disclosures from a friend. A total of 199 adults reported on communication episodes initiated by a friend during the previous 7 days via five communication technologies and completed measures of liking, relationship satisfaction, and willingness to provide social support to their friend. The results revealed significant interactions between the total volume of self-disclosures received and proportion of superficial disclosures for liking and relationship satisfaction. Among respondents who received a relatively greater volume of self-disclosures, the proportion of superficial disclosures received was inversely associated with relationship satisfaction and liking. Perceived costs mediated the preceding relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-61
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016



  • Communication technology
  • personal relationships
  • self-disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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