The expression of the true self in the online world: A literature review

Hu, Chuan and Kumar, Sameer and Huang, Jiao and Ratnavelu, Kurunathan (2021) The expression of the true self in the online world: A literature review. Behaviour & Information Technology, 40 (3). pp. 271-281. ISSN 0144-929X, DOI

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The true self is one of the essential parts of people's self-concept and identity, but it is not easily expressed in face-to-face communications. On the Internet, people can express what they intrinsically think and believe with fewer concerns about others' disapproval and judgments. Increasingly more researchers have started to investigate people's expression of the true self in the online context. However, the existing research is quite diverse and fragmented. A rigorous and comprehensive review of the emerging literature is called for. The present study conducted a systematic literature review to examine what is already known about the expression of the true self online. This paper analysed the selected studies on the basis of research contexts, research methods, and research themes. Our review offers readers an easy access to the current status of research in this field; it also provides some insightful suggestions for future studies.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya (RP020D -14AFR)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literature review; The true self; Self-expression; Online world
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Institute of Advanced Studies
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2022 06:58
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2022 06:58

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