Online Boundary Management in the Facebook Era.
In this digital era boundaries between work life and personal life tend to fade, especially on Facebook. The importance of boundary management (how people manage the boundaries between their private and professional life) therefore increases extensively. Ollier-Malaterre et al. (2013) have designed a model regarding online boundary management. This study was conducted to find to what extent the behaviours described by the model of Ollier-Malaterre et al. (2013) (based on online integration or segmentation of Facebook contacts and online self-verification or self-enhancement in Facebook posts) can be found on the Facebook platform. Additionally, this study aimed to discover to what extent one’s drivers with regards to boundary management are related to one’s online behaviour on the Facebook platform. In order to do so a survey was carried out among employees. Results showed that the behaviours described by the model of Ollier-Malaterre et al. (2013) do occur on the Facebook platform. The most popular behaviours were integration of one’s private and professional Facebook contacts and self-enhancement within online Facebook posts. Results also showed that one’s drivers with regards to boundary management did not relate to one’s online behaviour on the Facebook platform within this study. In spite of this, other interesting correlations were found regarding self-presentation and integration and segmentation of professional and private contacts (both in daily life and online). Overall, this study creates an understanding of the practical meaning of fading boundaries between private and professional spheres in the online environment with regards to integration versus segmentation and online self-presentation.
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