Attitudes toward Self-Disclosure on Facebook: A Review of Perception, Emotion and Behavior in University Students

Truong Vuong Vu

Faculty of Education, Ha Long University, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.

Hat Thi Ha

Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hue Thi Nguyen

Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Anh Thi Van Dam

Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hang Thi Thuy Vu

University of Education, Vietnam National University Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Keywords: Academic achievement, Attitude, Behavior, Emotions, Perception, Self-disclosure.


A number of social networking platforms have emerged as a result of the development of information and communication technology which have become increasingly user-friendly and full with valuable features. The social networking site with most users is Facebook. Teenagers, particularly college students use Facebook most frequently to study, gain information, entertain themselves and connect with others through self-disclosing personal information on the Facebook profile page. This quantitative study aimed to analyze the attitude of pedagogical students regarding self-disclosure on Facebook as represented through cognition, emotion and behavior concerning academic achievement. The survey was completed by 535university student’s majority in pedagogy. There were 41 students who used it for less than three years between three to five years by 218 students and 276 students who use it more than five years. The questionnaire was self-reported by participants to assess university students' attitudes toward self-disclosure on Facebook. The results indicate that pedagogical students with excellent academic achievement and more than five years of Facebook experience had the highest-level attitude toward self-disclosure on Facebook. The results indicate a positive relationship between cognition, emotion and influence factors students' Facebook attitudes. Future research on methods that enhance student positive disclosure can benefit from this study. Future research should examine how self-disclosure on Facebook relates to other aspects, such as Facebook usage time, financial state and perception of advantages and its disadvantages of Facebook in order to evaluate students' attitudes objectively.


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