”DARLING, WE NEED TO TALK. SWITCH ON YOUR PHONE, PLEASE!” Patterns of Communication Channel Use for Self- Disclosure in Long-Distance Romantic Relationships

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi

Sammanfattning: Based on social penetration theory, social information processing theory and mediasynchronicity theory, the present study explores the role of different communicationchannels in romantic relationships in terms of self-disclosure. Especially, it seeks toinvestigate how self-disclosure influences the choice of communication channel usewithin long-distance romantic relationships. A total of 101 respondents participated inan online survey. Even though instant messenger was found to be the most frequentlyused mediated channel within any kind of romantic relationships, it is not used whenself-disclosing intimate matters. Face-to-face was found to be the preferred channelfor self-diclsoure followed by telephone among long-distance couples exceeding webcam call. This is an indication that cue multiplicity of computer-mediated channels,does not account for a preferred use. Cue multiplicity here refers to the amount ofdifferent ways of how messages can be transported, one example would be the toneof voice (Dennis & Vallacich, 1999).

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