Dr. Tali Gazit



Ph.D. – Information Science - a recipient of the scholarship for honor doctoral students, Bar-Ilan University, 2017.

Thesis: Participation and Lurking in Social Discussions in Facebook Groups. Supervisors: Prof. Bar-Ilan and Prof. Amichai-Hamburger.

M.A – Bibliotherapy (Magna cum laude), Faculty of Education, Haifa University, 2006.

Thesis: Self-disclosure in Personal Profiles in Online Dating Sites. Supervisor: Prof. Azi Barak.

B.A – Psychology and Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001.



2015 – Present, Senior faculty member, the Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University.

2017 – 2018, External teacher, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

2008 – 2018, Teaching and Research Assistant, School of Communication, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

2013 – 2015, Research Assistant in a project about E-democracy, Bar-Ilan University, the Department of Information Science

1995 – 2005, Teacher, "Sivan" and "John Bryce" colleges, Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv.

1993 - 1995, Teacher at "Mamram", IDF.




Course no. 35-894: Psychological aspects in the digital age.

Course no. 35-713: Organizational behavior.

Course no. 35-915: The digital man.

Course no. 35-903: Bibliotherapy.

Course no. 35-975: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods.

Course no. 35-994: An Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods.



Eitan, T. & Gazit, T. (2022). No social media for six hours? The emotional experience of Meta’s global outage according to FoMO, JoMO and Internet intensity. Computers in Human Behavior, 138, 107474. See here

Gazit, T., Mass, H. & Bronstein, J. (2022). Examining Facebook groups engaging in reading experiences: the Interactive Therapeutic Process perspective. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 41(1), 259–283. See here

Gazit, T. (2022). "For students shall not live by Zoom alone": Psychological factors explaining the engagement of students in academic studies during the COVID-19. Meida'at: Journal of Information Science and Librarianship (Hebrew). See here

Gazit, T., Nisim, S. & Ayalon, L. (2022). Intergenerational family WhatsApp groups and older adults' overall wellbeing. Online Information Review. See here

Avizohar, C., Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2022). Facebook Medical Support Groups: The Communication Privacy Management Perspective. Aslib Journal of Information Management. See here

Gal, L., Gazit, T. & Bronstein, J. (2022). The motivations of leaders to lead Facebook online groups: a case study of parenting groups. Behaviour & Information Technology, 1-13. See here


Gazit. T. (2021). Key motivations for leading Facebook communities: A Uses and Gratifications approach. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 73 (3), 454-472. See here.

Gazit. T. (2021). Exploring leadership in Facebook communities: Personality traits and activities. Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS (Jan, 2021), See paper here and a short video here

Eitan, T. & Gazit, T. (2021). Leader behaviors in Facebook support groups: An exploratory study. Current Psychology. See here


Gazit, T. & Bronstein, J. (2020). An exploration of the leadership strategies of Facebook community leaders. Online Information Review45(1), 99-117. See here

Gazit, T. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2020). Factors underlying engagement in Facebook support groups of female infertility patients, Psychological Reports124(3), 1150-1173. See here

Bar-Ilan, J., Gazit, T. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2020). Leading factors that explain engagement in closed Facebook groups. Information Research25(3), paper 866. See here 


Gazit, T., Aharony, N. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y.  (2019). Tell me who you are and I will tell you which SNS you use: SNSs Participation frequency. Online Information Review, 44(1), 139-161. See here

Gazit, T. (2019, April). Engagement in Facebook learning groups. iConference 2019, University of Maryland, Washington, DC, USA. See here

Gazit, T., Amichai-Hamburger, A., & Bar-Ilan, J. (2019, February). Student engagement in a Facebook group supporting a university course, A paper presented at Chais2019 conference, Open University, Ra'anana: Israel. See here

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2019). Factors affecting students' information literacy self-efficacy. Library Hi-Tech37(2), 183-196. See here


Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2018, October). WhatsApp Groups Managers Characteristics. ISIC conference 2018, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Gazit, T. & Aharony, N. (2018). Factors Explaining Participation in WhatsApp Groups: An Exploratory Study. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 70 (4), 390-413. See here

Gazit, T., Bronstein, J., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Aharony, N., Bar-Ilan, J., & Perez, O. (2018).  Active participants and lurkers in online discussion groups: a qualitative analysis of focus groups. Information Research, 23 (2) paper 791. Retrieved from http://www.informationr.net/ir/23-2/paper791.html

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2018). Students' information literacy self-efficacy: An exploratory study. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 224-236. See here

Perez, O., Bar-Ilan, J., Gazit, T., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Aharony, N., & Bronstein, J. (2018). The Prospects of E-Democracy: An experimental study of collaborative E- Rulemaking. Journal of Information Technology & PoliticsSee here


Gazit, T. (2017). Participation and Lurking in Social Discussions in Facebook Groups. (Doctoral Dissertation). Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. See here

Aharony, N., & Gazit, T. (2016). The Importance of the WhatsApp Family Group:  An Exploratory Analysis. Aslib Journal of Information Management68 (2), 174 – 192. See here

Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Gazit, T., Bar-Ilan, J., Perez, O., Aharony, N., Bronstein, J., & Dyne, T. S. (2016). Psychological factors behind the lack of participation. Computers in Human Behavior, 55(1), 268-277. See here

Bronstein, J., Gazit, T., Perez, O., Bar-Ilan, J., Aharony, N., & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2016). An examination of the factors contributing to participation in online social platforms. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 36 (6), 793-818. See here


Lectures and conferences


Virtual leadership in social media. Chair of a seminar in INFO 2022 - The 36 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Tel-Aviv, May 2022. See program and opening lecture (in Hebrew)

Mass, H., Gazit, T. & Bronstein, J. (2022, May). Examining participation in Facebook groups engaging in reading experiences. Poster presented at: Conceptions of Library and Information Science - CoLIS11, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.


Exploring leadership in Facebook communities: Personality traits and activities. Paper presented at the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS (Jan, 2021), See paper here and a short video here

Online leadership in social media sites. Paper presented at Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, April, 2021.


Leading Factors That Enhance Engagement in Closed Facebook Groups. Paper presented at: Communication & Media Studies: The Future of Democracy in The Digital Age, University of Bonn, Germany, September 2019. See here

Engagement in Facebook learning groups. A poster presented at: iConference2019, University of Maryland, Washington, DC, USA, April 2019. See here

Student engagement in a Facebook group supporting a university course. Paper presented at: Chaise 2019 conference, Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, February 2019. See here

קבוצות פייסבוק כמלוות קורסים אקדמיים: כיצד יוצרים בהן מעורבות? מאמר שהוצג בכנס מיט"ל ה-17, מרכז יצחק רבין, ת"א (מושב א'2: דגמי הוראה ייחודיים), יולי 2019. כאן

מ'נשמע משפחה שלי? על חשיבותן של קבוצות הוואטסאפ המשפחתיות. הרצאה שניתנה במסגרת ליל המדענים והמדעניות באוניברסיטת בר-אילן. כאן


Virtual leadership: WhatsApp groups managers. A poster presented in ISIC2018, Krakow, October 2018. See here

Searching for love on the Internet. A lecture in a Conference on Technologies and Information in the Internet Age, Bar-Ilan University, April 2018


Ask us a question: Who and what enhance discussions in Facebook groups? A lecture presented in INFO 2017 - The 32 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Tel-Aviv, May 2017.


Participation and Lurking in Virtual Groups. Participating in a doctoral colloquium in iConference2016, Philadelphia, USA, March 2016.

Last Updated Date : 13/11/2022