The Effects of Facebook Communication on Social Penetration Theory

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Abstract

The Effects of Facebook Communication on Social Penetration Theory

This paper examines a possible study to measure how CMC -- specifically Facebook communication -- is changing and evolving social penetration theory (Altman & Taylor, 1973). More specifically, the surveys are designed to determine if self-disclosure is happening more quickly in Facebook relationships. Altman and Taylor examine the stages of self-disclosure in social penetration theory and this study will determine if the lines between those stages are being blurred -- and therefore causing individuals to self-disclose more quickly and reveal more breadth and depth of information at earlier stages of the relationship.

Introduction
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To investigate this theory, the following hypotheses are posed:
H1: There will be higher reported closeness in interpersonal relationships between acquaintances when the primary mode of communication is through Facebook as opposed to face-to-face.
H2: A positive correlation will exist between time spent on Facebook and number of reported “close friends.” It is likely that studying these hypotheses will answer questions on the changes in interpersonal communication in a CMC setting, specifically on Facebook. People often use Facebook as one of their primary modes of communication, so these hypotheses will be relevant.
RQ1: When surveying for closeness in interpersonal relationships between acquaintances, will users communicating primarily on Facebook report having more close relationships than those who do not primarily communicate on Facebook?
RQ2: When surveying for number of close friends a Facebook user has, will those who spend more time on Facebook report having more close friends than someone who does not spend as much time on Facebook?

Method
Participants
Participants will be Facebook users in college across the country. College students would be ideal for this study because they will exhibit the change in communication best -- being in the generation of people who grew up on
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