Computer Mediated Communication And Relationship Formation

Computer-mediated communication and Relationship formation

The cause of the Internet on its user’s actual world common interactions and involvement has been a topic of debate. Kraut found that as participants used the Internet more habitually, they communicated with family members less frequently and experienced more instances of sadness and aloneness (R. Kraut, M. Patterson, V. Landmark, S. Kiesler, T. Mukopadhyay, and W. Scherlis, "Internet parado: 1998). Moreover, the study initiate that the range of the participants in social networks decreased with long-standing Internet use. Moreover, Cummings argued that online relationships were not as intimate as face-to-face or telephone communication. In reviewing email and Listserv communication, they observed that “social places on the Internet where close personal relationships are formed and maintained are rare.” (J. Cummings, B. Butler, and R. Kraut : 2002)

On the other hand, a great number of studies have shown that Internet use can help individuals in developing and satisfying relationships. In a follow-up study, Kraut found that Internet use had a positive contact on communication and social involvement. Wellman points out that the Internet enables individuals to retain active social ties and develop new social ties with others sharing similar interests. He also argues that “the more contact people have online, the greater the impression they make on each other.” McKenna conducted surveys of online newsgroup posters that showed that some close online relationships naturally progress to face-to-face interactions and that a common of those surveyed experienced an increase in their social networks due to online connections, regardless of the size of their social networks.
(K. McKenna, A. Green, and M. Gleason, "Relationship formation on the Internet: What's the big attraction?," Journal of Social Issues, vol. 58, pp. 9-31, 2002)

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