Situational Privacy and Self-Disclosure

Communication Processes in Online Environments

  • Philipp K. Masur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. The Theory of Situational Privacy and Self-Disclosure

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  4. Empirical Investigation of Smartphone-Based Communication

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  5. Implications and Future Perspectives

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-394

About this book


Using both a theoretical argumentation and an empirical investigation, this book rationalizes the view that in order to understand people’s privacy perceptions and behaviors, a situational perspective needs to be adopted.

To this end, the book is divided into three parts. Part I advances the theory of situational privacy and self-disclosure by discussing impacts of new information and communication technologies on traditional theories of privacy and self-disclosure. Based on five basic suppositions, it describes three major processes of the theory: pre-situational privacy regulations processes, situational privacy perception and self-disclosure processes, and post-situational evaluation processes. Next, Part II presents the application of the theory to smartphone-based communication. It first analyses how people choose certain communication environments on their smartphones, how they manipulate them, and how these external factors affect self-disclosure within these environments. It then details a multi-method study conducted to test the derived assumptions and discusses the obtained results. Part III reflects on the overall implications of the theory, summarizes the major findings and lastly considers possible extensions and perspectives on future research.

Intended mainly for researchers in privacy and communication studies, the book offers privacy scholars a systematic review of both classic and contemporary theories of privacy and self-disclosure. At the same time, communication scholars benefit from an additional methodological discussion of the mobile experience sampling method, which provides an invaluable approach to measuring situational communication processes.


Media Psychology Communication Studies Human and Societal Aspects of Security and Privacy Privacy Policies Empirical Studies in Mobile Computing

Authors and affiliations

  • Philipp K. Masur
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  1. 1.Institut für KommunikationswissenschaftUniversität HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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