Online authenticity, popularity, and the "Real Me" in a microblogging environment

Joon Soo Lim, John Nicholson, Sung Un Yang, Ho Kyung Kim

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Abstract

Abstract The purpose of the current study is to explicate the theoretical structure of online authenticity and to reveal the relationship between the need for popularity and online authenticity. A survey-based research was conducted with 573 randomly selected active users of "Me2day" a popular microblogging service in South Korea. Drawing on a representative sample, we tested the discriminant validity of online authenticity. As predicted, the need for popularity was a significant predictor of online authenticity. Exploratory factor analysis followed by confirmatory factor analysis validated two factors that underlie microblogging users' online authenticity: (1) sense of real me (SRME); and (2) expression of real me (ERME). Microbloggers with a higher need for popularity had lower SRME and ERME than those with a lower need for popularity. Age and gender were negatively correlated with both need for popularity and online authenticity. Younger microbloggers had a higher need for popularity and lower SRME and ERME than older microbloggers. Male microbloggers had higher need for popularity and lower SRME and ERME than female microbloggers. Theoretical and practical implications for future studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3487
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume52
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2015

Keywords

  • Authenticity
  • Gender
  • Microblogging
  • Need for popularity
  • Self-presentation
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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