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Social Information Processing Theory
Joseph Walther

Interpersonal Communication: Relationship Development


 

Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Based solely on the 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 relationships. (Socio-psychological tradition)

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