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Chapter 10—Social Information Processing Theory
- Joe Walther
- Communication professor at University of California at Santa Barbara, who argues that given the opportunity for sufficient exchange of social messages and subsequent relational growth, face-to-face and online channels are equally useful mediums for developing close relationships.
- Impression formation
- The composite mental image one person forms of another; often associated with affinity.
- Cues filtered out
- Interpretation of CMC that regards the lack of nonverbal cues as a fatal flaw for using the medium for relationship development.
- Hostile online language that creates a toxic climate for relationship development and growth.
- Inconsistent messages
- Messages where the verbal and nonverbal content don’t match..
- Anticipated future interaction
- A way of extending psychological time; the likelihood of future interaction motivates online communicators to develop a relationship.
- The study of people’s systemic handling of time in their interaction with others.
- Hyperpersonal perspective
- The claim that online relationships are often more intimate than those developed when partners are physically together.
- Selective self-presentation
- An online positive portrayal without fear of contradiction, which enables people to create an overwhelmingly favorable impression.
- A perceptual process whereby we observe what people do and then try to figure out what they’re really like.
- Asynchronous channel
- A nonsimultaneous medium of communication that each individual can use when he or she desires.
- Self-fulfilling prophecy
- The tendency for a person’s expectation of others to evoke a response from them that confirms what was originally anticipated.
- Warranting value
- Reason to believe that information is accurate, typically because the target of the information cannot manipulate it.
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