Title

Effect of mode communication and gender on perceived intimacy

Abstract

Computer and Internet communications may lead to differences in perceived intimacy. This study's purpose is to examine differences in perceived intimacy in face-to-face (FTF) and computer-mediated communications (CMC). Students at University of Central Florida and people identified as having engaged in a computer-mediated relationships participated in this study. Participants included 29 males and 135 females that ranged in age from 17-59 years old. Sternberg's Intimacy Scale (1997) from his Triangular Theory of Love Scale and Rubin's Love Scale (1974) were utilized. Participants completed both scales in the FTF and CMC conditions. Intimacy was significantly higher in FTF relationships with both tests. Intimacy was significantly higher in women in the FTF condition using Sternberg's test. No other gender differences were found.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2001

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Mottarella, Karen

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Program

Psychology

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Internet -- Social aspects;Interpersonal relations;Intimacy (Psychology);Love -- Psychological aspects

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0021695

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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