Fear of Isolation, Willingness to Self-Censor, and Refrain from Expression on Social Media: The Moderating Role of Network Characteristics
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings

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摘要Using a two-wave survey in Hong Kong, this study examines the spiral of silence process on social media. It argues fear of isolation plays a significant role in influencing willingness to self-censor on social media, which in turn enhances refraining from expression. While willingness to self-censor mediates the relationship between fear of isolation and refraining from expression, network heterogeneity and network publicness play a moderating role between fear of isolation and willingness to self-censor. Results from the moderated mediation analysis suggest that the indirect influence of fear of isolation on refraining from expression operates through willingness to self-censor at different levels of network heterogeneity and network publicness. A higher level of network heterogeneity and publicness will enhance the spiral of silence process. In addition, findings indicate the spiral of silence refrain people from expressing disagreeing opinion, but not self-promoting political expression. Implications of the findings are discussed.
出版社接受日期08.02.2017
著者CHEN Hsuan Ting, GAN Chen
會議名稱International Communication Association's 67th Annual Conference
會議開始日25.05.2017
會議完結日29.05.2017
會議地點San Diego, California
會議國家/地區美國
出版年份2017
月份5
語言美式英語
關鍵詞Fear of Isolation, Spiral of Silence, Network Characteristic

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