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Social Information Processing Theory

Joseph Walther

Interpersonal Communication—Relationship Development

Theory Overview (7th Edition)

Abstracts appear in Appendix A of the text

Based solely on he linguistic content of computer-mediated communiction (CMC), parties who meet online can develop relationships just as close as those formed face-to-face—thogh it takes longer. Because online senders select, receivers magnify, channels promote, and feedback enhances favorable impressions, CMC may create hyperpersonal relatonships. (Socio-psychological tradition)

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