Reactions to other-generated face threats on Facebook and their relational consequences

Donghee Yvette Wohn, Erin L. Spottswood

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Impression management refers to an individual's deliberate efforts to cultivate a particular image. Sometimes impression management occurs in reaction to a face threat - an incident or behavior that could create an impression inconsistent with one's desired self-image. On social network sites (SNSs) such as Facebook, where content can be shared widely and is often persistent, studies have repeatedly shown that people are vulnerable to face threats resulting from other-generated content. While there has been much documentation of face threats occurring in the context of SNSs and how people react to them, we know very little about the relational consequences of carrying out a particular reaction. This paper reports on a survey (N = 150) of adult Facebook users examining how certain reactive strategies and the severity of the face threat affect perceived changes in closeness between the victim and offender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Apr 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


  • Face threat
  • Facebook
  • Impression management
  • Relationships
  • Social media
  • Social network sites


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