Inquiry Nugget Series: Ep 2, Intimacy

I don’t want to end the semester with my series unfinished so I will do just that, finish them.

Moon (2000) found that people showed more resistance to giving out emotive information about themselves to a computer compared to less emotional content”

(Jordán-Conde, Zayira, Mennecke, Brian, and Townsend, Anthony. “Late Adolescent Identity Definition and Intimate Disclosure on Facebook.Computers in Human Behavior 33 (2013): 356-66. Print. (Warning: Link may require a VCU account))

I found this nugget very intriguing. Most people believe that teens and even  young adults put too much information online. This sentence states that emotional contents are less likely to be shown. I can assume it also means that informative contents are more likely to be shown. Examples of informational are probably school, job, gender, phone number, and even address. It’s weird that these informational contents are not considered emotional even though they may be considered intimate details in one’s life.

Now that I think about it, not a lot of people talk about their emotions on Facebook or similar social media, at least, not that I am aware. The information shown are usually what they are doing  or how their day has been. Sometime they do mention emotions but those feelings are not very specific and seems irrelevant. Examples may be something like I aced my test today, I feel great! I wouldn’t consider this very emotional. I know I don’t use Social Media a lot but if I did, I feel like I would give out my address before I talk about my love life or life problems.

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