Computer-mediated Communication in Personal Relationships

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Peter Lang, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 411 pages
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This is the first collection of readings on computer-mediated communication focusing exclusively on interpersonal interactions. Examining messages exchanged via email, twitter, Facebook, websites, and blogs, the authors analyze communication issues of ongoing importance in relationships including deception, disclosure, identity, influence, perception, privacy, sexual fidelity, and social support. The book examines subjects that attract intense student interestłincluding online performance of gender, online dating, and using computer-mediated communication to achieve family/work life balancełand will inspire further research and course development in the area of computer-mediated communication in personal relationships. Because it provides a synthesis of ideas at the nexus of interpersonal communication theory and computer-mediated communication theory, the book can serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate as well as graduate courses.

Kevin B. Wright (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Professor in Communication at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines interpersonal communication, social support related to health outcomes, and computer-mediated relationships. He coauthored Health Communication in the 21st Century, and his research appears in over 45 book chapters and journal articles, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Lynne M. Webb (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor in Communication at the University of Arkansas. She previously served as a tenured faculty member at the Universities of Florida and Memphis. Her research examines young adults' interpersonal communication in romantic and family contexts. Her research appears in over 50 essays published in scholarly journals and edited volumes, including computers in Human Behavior, Communication Education, Health Communication, and Journal of Family Communication.
 

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Contents

The
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SelfPresentation in Online Dating Profiles
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Short Paths to Developing
56
Processes and Goals in ComputerMediated Communication
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Relational Maintenance and CMC
98
Locating ComputerMediated Social Support
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Personal Relationships and ComputerMediated Support Groups
137
A Review of Research
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How Friendships Have Changed with the Advent
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A CrossContextual Examination of Technologically Mediated
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The Dark Side of ComputerMediated Communication
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Blogs GenderBending
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Digital Deception in Personal Relationships
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List of Contributors
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Kevin B. Wright (PhD, University of Oklahoma) is Professor in Communication at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines interpersonal communication, social support related to health outcomes, and computer-mediated relationships. He coauthored Health Communication in the 21st Century, and his research appears in over 45 book chapters and journal articles, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Lynne M. Webb (PhD, University of Oregon) is Professor in Communication at the University of Arkansas. She previously served as a tenured faculty member at the Universities of Florida and Memphis. Her research examines young adults' interpersonal communication in romantic and family contexts. Her research appears in over 50 essays published in scholarly journals and edited volumes, including Computers in Human Behavior, Communication Education, Health Communication, and Journal of Family Communication.

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