Impression Formation and Self-Presentation on Internet Relay Chat

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1997
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Haverford College. Department of Psychology
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The present study investigates the phenomena of self-presentation and impression formation on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) vs. face-to-face (FTF) settings. Subjects (Ss) first completed a Big Five personality measure for "how they are" and "how they wish to be". Groups of Ss then interacted in one of three conditions: FTF, riovice IRC, or expert IRC. Ss then judged the personality traits of their group members. Interactions were recorded and analyzed for use of self-presentational strategies. Ss in all conditions were judged as more in line with "how they are" than with "how wish to be". However, Ss in the expert IRC condition were judged as relatively more like "how they wish to be" than were Ss in the FTF condition on the Extraversion dimension. Analysis of the interactions revealed some between group differences in the use of self presentational strategies. These results provide partial support for the hypothesis that, in the absence of non-verbal cues on IRC, individuals present themselves differently and are thus seen as being consistent with their ideal selves.
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