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Liar, Liar! An examination of how open, supportive and honest people are in Chat Rooms

By Monica T. Whitty


This research had two aims. Firstly, to examine availability of emotional support in chat\ud rooms, and secondly, to investigate openness and dishonesty in chat rooms. Three hundred\ud and twenty respondents (160 women and 160 men) filled out the ‘Chat Room Survey’. It was\ud found that people who spend more time in chat rooms were more likely to be open about\ud themselves, receive emotional support, and give emotional support. Women were more likely\ud than men to give emotional support. Men were more likely to than women to lie, and were\ud more likely to lie about their socio-economic status. In contrast, women were more likely than\ud men to lie for safety reasons. This study challenges some past speculations about online relationships,\ud and argues that future research must consider demographic details more when\ud examininginteractions on the Internet.Peer-reviewedPost-prin

Topics: Cyber-relationships, Online relationships, Internet, Chat rooms, Emotional support, Honesty, Lies, Interpersonal interactions
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S0747-5632(01)00059-0
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