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      Information-Sharing Behavior on WeChat Moments: The Role of Anonymity, Familiarity, and Intrinsic Motivation

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          Information-sharing behavior is affected by identity recognition perception. The current study aims to delve into the impact of familiarity and anonymity on information-sharing behavior, and the mediating role of intrinsic motivations on WeChat Moments. We hypothesized a mediator role of intrinsic motivations in the relationship between an individual’s perceptions and information sharing. Based on the self-determination theory, a model was created and tested using a sample of 531 frequent users. In this study, these users were asked to use WeChat Moments, the most popular mobile private social networking site in China. The results demonstrate the significance of familiarity and identifiability in an interpersonal relationship, when using social networking sites. Moreover, the influence of perceived anonymity on information-sharing behavior, which is entirely mediated by intrinsic motivation has been validated from an empirical perspective. Our findings extend previous studies by showing the totally mediated effect of perceived anonymity on information-sharing behavior on WeChat Moments and the influential mechanism of intrinsic motivation. The results will inform researchers about the importance of incorporating the interpersonal structural features and intrinsic motivation of social networking sites into future studies on online information-sharing behavior. Important ways to promote attention and share information involve building a familiar relationship with communities and equipping oneself with off-line relations. Final indications for future developments are provided, with a special emphasis on the development of these findings in various social networking sites contexts.

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                Journal
                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                1664-1078
                14 November 2019
                2019
                : 10
                Affiliations
                1School of Business and Tourism Management, Yunnan University , Kunming, China
                2Management College, Ocean University of China , Qingdao, China
                3School of Economics and Management, Beijing Normal University , Beijing, China
                Author notes

                Edited by: Gerrit C. Van Der Veer, University of Twente, Netherlands

                Reviewed by: José Baptista Coelho, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Xiaoxun Sun, Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia; Yamikani Ndasauka, University of Malawi, Malawi

                *Correspondence: Xi Chen, 13610491@ 123456qq.com

                This article was submitted to Human-Media Interaction, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

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                10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02540
                6868072
                Copyright © 2019 Chen, Sun, Wu and Song.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Psychology
                Original Research

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