Inside out and outside in: How the COVID-19 pandemic affects self-disclosure on social media

Teagen Nabity-Grover, Christy M K CHEUNG, Jason Bennett Thatcher*

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Abstract

As social distancing and lockdown orders grew more pervasive, individuals increasingly turned to social media for support, entertainment, and connection to others. We posit that global health emergencies - specifically, the COVID-19 pandemic - change how and what individuals self-disclose on social media. We argue that IS research needs to consider how privacy (self-focused) and social (other-focused) calculus have moved some issues outside in (caused by a shift in what is considered socially appropriate) and others inside out (caused by a shift in what information should be shared for the public good). We identify a series of directions for future research that hold potential for furthering our understanding of online self-disclosure and its factors during health emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102188
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Volume55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Other-focus
  • Research agenda
  • Self-disclosure
  • Self-focus
  • Social media

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