Online Disclosure and Well-Being

Online Disclosure and Well-Being

Investigators: Natalie Bazarova, Dan Cosley (Information Science), Janis Whitlock (Human Ecology – Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research); Yoon Hyung Choi, Pamara Chang, Sam Taylor

Description: A large part of communication on social network sites (SNSs) revolves around self-disclosure, or how people share information that reveals something about the self. A series of projects have been conducted that examine how people disclose on social media, focusing on factors such as key motivations, privacy, appropriateness, and self-presentational concerns. In the functional model of self-disclosure (Bazarova & Choi, 2014), we examine goals and motivations for disclosure, and how they relate to message characteristics, such as self-disclosure intimacy. We also extend this model to multiple SNSs by looking at self-disclosure across Facebook and Twitter, and investigate how different perceptions and qualities of one’s network on SNSs can influence self-disclosure and privacy management behavior (Choi & Bazarova, 2014).


Bazarova, N. N. (2012). Public intimacy: Disclosure interpretation and social judgments on Facebook. Journal of Communication62, 815-832.

Bazarova, N. N., Taft, J. G., Choi, Y. H., & Cosley, D. (2013). Managing impressions and relationships on Facebook: Self-Presentational and relational concerns revealed through the analysis of language style. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32(2), 121-141.

Bazarova, N. N. & Choi, Y. H. (2014). Self-disclosure in social media: Extending the functional approach to disclosure motivations and characteristics on social network sites. Journal of Communication, 64, 635-657.

Bazarova, N. N., Choi, Y. H., Sosik, V. S., Cosley, D., & Whitlock, J. L. (2015). Social sharing of emotions on Facebook: Channel differences, satisfaction, and replies. Paper to be presented at the 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015), Vancouver, Canada, March 14-18.

Choi, Y. H. & Bazarova, N.N. (2014). Self-disclosure on Facebook and Twitter: An examination of medium and audience as contextual factors. Paper presented at the 64th Annual conference of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA, May 22-26.

Choi, Y.H. & Bazarova, N.N. (2014). Self-disclosure characteristics and motivations in social media: Extending the functional model to multiple social networking sites. Human Communication Research.

Media: Facebook status: ‘Feel like disclosing innermost feelings,’ Cornell Chronicle, March 20, 2014

Funding: National Science Foundation CHS Medium Grant, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research Innovative Pilot Project Seed Grant