Dizin Eklenmedi

Testing Relationship Development between Recently Added Facebook Friends

Received: 2015-01-10 Accepted: 2015-05-13 Published: 2015-06-27



The aim of the present study was to explore how two friends disclose to each other on Facebook and if self-disclosure is related to social attraction and predictability of a friend’s behavior. Using data from a survey of 317 participants, structural equation modeling analyses revealed that individuals who are socially attracted to each other would discuss a variety of topics on Facebook. The more intimate Facebook discussions are, the more certain new friends feel about each other’s behavior and attitudes. However, the breadth dimension of self-disclosure was not related to predictability. Similarly to intimate disclosure, it is not enough to just talk about a variety of topics to increase predictability of behavior. Users of social network sites can use a variety of other tactics to reduce uncertainty. Overall, this study argues that some aspects of the social penetration and uncertainty reduction theories could be applied to Facebook relationships. However, we need to find better measures to assess mediated social attraction and mediated self-disclosure.


Keywords: Uncertainty reduction theory, Facebook, self-disclosure, social attraction

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