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Effects of visual cues on public self-awareness and perceived anonymity of self
Unformatted Document Text:  Visual Cues and Perceived Self-Anonymity 17 Limitations and Conclusion. Although the results of this exploratory study are informative, this study has several limitations that need to be acknowledged. First, the sample considered in this study is small. In this sense, some of the relationships not found might be due to this small sample size. Nevertheless, a strong relationship between public self-awareness and perceived anonymity was indeed found. Also, some controlling variables such as cognitive effort were found to have a strong relationship with public self-awareness. Thus, the lack of findings in Hypothesis 1 might are not easily explained solely through a lack of statistical power. Another potential limitation is the lack of manipulation checks. The survey did not include specific questions regarding how the manipulation achieved a difference in the social cues of group members. Nevertheless, on the visually present condition group members were seated less than a foot from each other, such small separation fosters perception of others. Further, the measures of perceived anonymity of others relate to how much the individuals could identify others in the group. This identification relates to the social cues of members. An analysis of variance revealed that visual cues do have a strong relationship with perceived anonymity of others (F=5.754, =.021). Although it might be an imperfect proxy for the visual manipulation check, this difference gives slight support to the argument that the visual manipulation was indeed successful. In spite of the sample size caveat, it is important to consider that no support was found for Hypothesis 1. This implies that the relationship between visual cues and perceived self- anonymity does not go beyond the gains in perceived anonymity achieved through unidentified messages. Thus, the practical relevance of considering visual anonymity beyond considering source anonymity should be further addressed.

Authors: Gomez, Luis.
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Visual Cues and Perceived Self-Anonymity
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Limitations and Conclusion.
Although the results of this exploratory study are informative, this study has several
limitations that need to be acknowledged. First, the sample considered in this study is small. In
this sense, some of the relationships not found might be due to this small sample size.
Nevertheless, a strong relationship between public self-awareness and perceived anonymity was
indeed found. Also, some controlling variables such as cognitive effort were found to have a
strong relationship with public self-awareness. Thus, the lack of findings in Hypothesis 1 might
are not easily explained solely through a lack of statistical power.
Another potential limitation is the lack of manipulation checks. The survey did not include
specific questions regarding how the manipulation achieved a difference in the social cues of
group members. Nevertheless, on the visually present condition group members were seated less
than a foot from each other, such small separation fosters perception of others. Further, the
measures of perceived anonymity of others relate to how much the individuals could identify
others in the group. This identification relates to the social cues of members. An analysis of
variance revealed that visual cues do have a strong relationship with perceived anonymity of
others (F=5.754, =.021). Although it might be an imperfect proxy for the visual manipulation
check, this difference gives slight support to the argument that the visual manipulation was
indeed successful.
In spite of the sample size caveat, it is important to consider that no support was found for
Hypothesis 1. This implies that the relationship between visual cues and perceived self-
anonymity does not go beyond the gains in perceived anonymity achieved through unidentified
messages. Thus, the practical relevance of considering visual anonymity beyond considering
source anonymity should be further addressed.


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