I’ll (Not) be Home for Christmas: The Impact of the Pandemic on Evaluation Apprehension and Self-Disclosure during the 2020 Holidays

Teagen Nabity-Grover, Christy M K Cheung, Jason Bennett Thatcher

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    Abstract

    Social distancing was encouraged and sometimes enforced via lockdowns during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, people still needed to socialize to combat feelings of loneliness, so many turned to social media. While online interactions were encouraged, sharing about behaviors considered unsafe during the pandemic was met with increased shaming and vitriol. This study focuses on understanding whether and why online self-disclosure behaviors changed during the holiday season – a time many people believe should be spent with family and loved ones – because of the pandemic. We collected two rounds of survey data in December 2020 from Facebook and Instagram users. Our results show significant differences between the kinds of information disclosed online between 2019 and 2020. We also found that evaluation apprehension moderated the relationship between predicted and reported behaviors for socially desirable information – such as wearing a mask and working from home.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    EditorsTung X. Bui
    PublisherUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
    Pages552-561
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780998133157
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2022
    Event2022 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-55) -
    Duration: 3 Jan 20227 Jan 2022
    https://hdl.handle.net/10125/79139
    https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/communities/32d42543-f8b4-45fb-8c50-11a42cb8fe9a (Conference proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    Volume2022-January
    ISSN (Print)1530-1605
    ISSN (Electronic)2572-6862

    Conference

    Conference2022 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-55)
    Period3/01/227/01/22
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    User-Defined Keywords

    • holidays
    • longitudinal study
    • pandemic
    • self-disclosure
    • social media

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