Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Voices that cannot be heard: Can shyness explain how we communicate on Facebook versus face-to-face?

This study found that shyness was negatively correlated with self-disclosure. Computers in Human Behavior 29(4):1402–1407 · July 2013

Comment: This study found NEGATIVE correlations, meaning that as one variable goes up, the other goes down. This is the meaning of negative in terms of statistical correlation; it does not imply good or bad. Thus, we conclude that since shyness and self-disclosure on Facebook are negatively correlated, shy people do less self-disclosure on Facebook.