Facebook, the third-person effect, and the differential impact hypothesis

Valarie Schweisberger, Jennifer Billinson, T. Makana Chock

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This study examined the effects of embedding and framing online news stories in social media contexts on perceived message influence and third-person effects (3PE). 88 undergraduates at a Northeastern U.S. university participated in an online experiment in which they evaluated news stories posted on Facebook. A 4 x 2 mixed experimental design was used with the between-subject variables of viewing condition (no Facebook frame, neutral Facebook, positive Facebook evaluation, and negative Facebook evaluation) and the within-subjects factor of story relevance (Low, High). Results indicate that perceptions of personal influence increase in social media contexts for more personally relevant stories. These results are consistent with the Differential Impact Hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Differential impact hypothesis
  • Facebook
  • Framing
  • Third person effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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