Contrasting Peoples Attitudes Towards Self-disclosure in Online Social Networks and Face-to-Face Settings
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Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. While Online Social Networks (OSNs) allow closer interaction among their users, they trigger users privacy concerns related to self-disclosure. The reason for is that individuals information and online activities are easily traced, collected and stored in OSNs when compared to face-to-face settings. In this context, this work aims at understanding how similar or different are peoples concerns and attitudes about self-disclosure in both OSNs and face-to-face settings, focusing on investigating what information people consider personal and with whom they feel comfortable in sharing which pieces of their information within these two contexts. Our analysis shows that people associate different degrees of personalness to different pieces of information. Furthermore, our data shows that people have different attitudes regarding which information they share in which world and how they share it. This indicates that people understand that OSN and face-to-face settings require different behaviors and that they take into account how personal they perceive a piece of information to be, in deciding if and how to share it.