How We Form Relationships (#WVUCommMOOC)

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In this final structured part of the course, we will take a look at some of the ideas about how relationships form through social media (and other online platforms). And we will come back full circle to where began the week.

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How We Form Relationships (#WVUCommMOOC)

  1. 1. Part 4RelationshipsLOVE AT FIRST LIKE
  2. 2. QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER• How do relationships develop online?• Can they go “beyond” those face-to-face?
  3. 3. FIRST….• Another couple questions: – How would you describe me?
  4. 4. FIRST….• Another couple questions: – How would you describe me? – How do you know?
  5. 5. ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS• http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/23/us/teo- hoax-abc/index.html?iref=allsearch• “My emotions were real”
  6. 6. SOCIAL INFORMATIONPROCESSING THEORY• Walther (1992) – Assumption-we have same goals no matter channel used – We can accomplish those goals, no matter channel
  7. 7. SOCIAL INFORMATIONPROCESSING THEORY• Walther (1992) – We use what is available to accomplish goals – Circumvent the limitations – CMC takes longer
  8. 8. SOCIAL INFORMATIONPROCESSING THEORY• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiJiK_3 BNL8
  9. 9. SOCIAL INFORMATIONPROCESSING THEORY• Can some pieces of information “speed up” the process”?• Communication/Time make us feel “closer” to others?• Skills matter (Walther & Bazarova, 2008)
  10. 10. CHANNEL SWITCHING
  11. 11. CHANNEL SWITCHING• When should you meet FtF? – Early
  12. 12. CHANNEL SWITCHING• When should you meet FtF? – Early – Or never – Ramirez & Zhang (2007)
  13. 13. HYPERPERSONAL• Walther (1996)• Increased intensity/speed of an online relationship
  14. 14. HYPERPERSONAL• A combination of – Sender effects – Receiver effects – Channel effects – Feedback effects
  15. 15. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
  16. 16. MORE ON THIS• http://www.afirstlook.com/edition_8/theory _resources/Social_Information_Processin g_Theory

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