Previous research on the interpersonal tone of computer‐mediated communication shows different effects using longitudinal computer‐mediated groups than are found in research using one‐shot groups, even before the developmental aspects associated with time can accrue. One factor distinguishing these approaches is the anticipation of future interaction experienced by longitudinal groups. This research reports an experiment assessing the relative effects of anticipated future interaction and different communication media (computer‐mediated versus face‐to‐face communication) on the communication of relational intimacy and composure. Asynchronous and synchronous computer conferencing and face‐to‐face groups were examined. Results show that the assignment of long‐term versus short‐term partnerships has a larger impact on anticipated future interaction reported by computer‐mediated, rather than face‐to‐face, partners. Evidence also shows that anticipation is a more potent predictor of several relational communication dimensions than is communication condition. Implications for theory and practice are identified.
Human Communication Research – Oxford University Press
Published: Jun 1, 1994
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