Anticipated Ongoing Interaction Versus Channel Effects on Relational Communication in Computer‐Mediated Interaction

Anticipated Ongoing Interaction Versus Channel Effects on Relational Communication in... 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Communication Research Oxford University Press

Anticipated Ongoing Interaction Versus Channel Effects on Relational Communication in Computer‐Mediated Interaction

Human Communication Research, Volume 20 (4) – Jun 1, 1994

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
Copyright © 1994 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0360-3989
eISSN
1468-2958
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-2958.1994.tb00332.x
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Human Communication ResearchOxford University Press

Published: Jun 1, 1994

References

  • Some explorations in initial interaction and beyond: Toward a developmental theory of interpersonal communication
    Berger, Berger; Calabrese, Calabrese
  • Question‐asking in same‐ and opposite‐sex initial interactions: The effects of anticipated future interaction
    Douglas, Douglas
  • Experiments in group decision making: Communication process and outcome in face‐to‐face versus computerized conferences
    Hiltz, Hiltz; Johnson, Johnson; Turoff, Turoff
  • Anticipation of future interaction and information exchange in initial interaction
    Kellermann, Kellermann
  • When ignorance is bliss: The role of motivation to reduce uncertainty in uncertainty reduction theory
    Kellermann, Kellermann; Reynolds, Reynolds
  • The effect of commitment to future interaction on reactions to norm violations
    Kiesler, Kiesler; Kiesler, Kiesler; Pallak, Pallak
  • Access to, usage of, and outcomes from an electronic messaging system
    Rice, Rice; Shook, Shook

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