Relationship strength in communication mediums
There is a lack of research in the field of computer-mediated communication (CMC), pertaining to interpersonal relationships. With an increase in the number of people who use the internet, more interpersonal relationships are starting to form between people utilizing this CMC medium. Because of this increase in interpersonal relationships hosted on-line, social psychologists have begun to examine the differences between face-to-face (FTF) and CMC relationships. The relative strength of an interpersonal relationship can be measured by interpersonal solidarity, trust, attraction, intimacy, and a relationship assessment. The purpose of this research is to determine whether communication mediums have an effect on the relative strength of interpersonal relationships. The following research reveals findings from a study conducted on a college campus using simulated communication mediums and measurement scales to assess how strong the participants felt interpersonal relationships were in different communication mediums. Results from this study indicated that there were no significant differences in the relative strength of interpersonal relationships in different communication mediums.
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Newlin, Michael H.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Barth, Gil, "Relationship strength in communication mediums" (2002). HIM 1990-2015. 310.