Idealized Identities

Gonzales, A. L., & Hancock, J. T. (2008). Identity shift in computer-mediated environments. Media Psychology, 11, 167-185. Gonzales and Hancock examine whether one's awareness of a public audience enhances self-presentation in an online environment, demonstrating a shift in identity. They hypothesize that participants who are asked to present an extroverted personality in a public space… Continue reading Idealized Identities


Websites and Unmade Beds

Vazire, S., & Gosling, S. D. (2004). e-Perceptions: Personality impressions based on personal websites. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 123-132. Vazire and Gosling propose to evaluate personality impressions through an ecological study of personal websites which eliminate behavioral residue and isolate identity claims. The authors question whether these identity claims present a clear… Continue reading Websites and Unmade Beds


The Power of Distance

Walther J. B., Van der Heide, B., Hamel, L. M., & Shulman (2009). Self-generated versus other generated statements and impressions in computer-mediated communication: A test of warranting theory using Facebook. Communication Research, 36, 229-253. Walther, et.al. build on Vazire and Gosling's work which showed that identity formation with personal websites is significantly accurate. Walther examines… Continue reading The Power of Distance