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Computer-mediated communication and interpersonal attraction: an experimental test of two explanatory hypotheses.
Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007 Dec; 10(6):831-5.CB

Abstract

The aims of this study were (a) to investigate the influence of computer-mediated communication (CMC) on interpersonal attraction and (b) to examine two underlying processes in the CMC-interpersonal attraction relationship. We identified two variables that may mediate the influence of CMC on interpersonal attraction: self-disclosure and direct questioning. Focusing on these potential mediating variables, we tested two explanatory hypotheses: the CMC-induced direct questioning hypothesis and the CMC-induced self-disclosure hypothesis. Eighty-one cross-sex dyads were randomly assigned to one of three experimental conditions: text-only CMC, visual CMC, and face-to-face communication. We did not find a direct effect of CMC on interpersonal attraction. However, we did find two positive indirect effects of text-only CMC on interpersonal attraction: text-only CMC stimulated both self-disclosure and direct questioning, both of which in turn enhanced interpersonal attraction. Results are discussed in light of uncertainty reduction theory and CMC theories.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.L.Antheunis@uva.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18085973

Citation

Antheunis, Marjolijn L., et al. "Computer-mediated Communication and Interpersonal Attraction: an Experimental Test of Two Explanatory Hypotheses." Cyberpsychology & Behavior : the Impact of the Internet, Multimedia and Virtual Reality On Behavior and Society, vol. 10, no. 6, 2007, pp. 831-5.
Antheunis ML, Valkenburg PM, Peter J. Computer-mediated communication and interpersonal attraction: an experimental test of two explanatory hypotheses. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007;10(6):831-5.
Antheunis, M. L., Valkenburg, P. M., & Peter, J. (2007). Computer-mediated communication and interpersonal attraction: an experimental test of two explanatory hypotheses. Cyberpsychology & Behavior : the Impact of the Internet, Multimedia and Virtual Reality On Behavior and Society, 10(6), 831-5.
Antheunis ML, Valkenburg PM, Peter J. Computer-mediated Communication and Interpersonal Attraction: an Experimental Test of Two Explanatory Hypotheses. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007;10(6):831-5. PubMed PMID: 18085973.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Computer-mediated communication and interpersonal attraction: an experimental test of two explanatory hypotheses. AU - Antheunis,Marjolijn L, AU - Valkenburg,Patti M, AU - Peter,Jochen, PY - 2007/12/19/pubmed PY - 2008/2/22/medline PY - 2007/12/19/entrez SP - 831 EP - 5 JF - Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society JO - Cyberpsychol Behav VL - 10 IS - 6 N2 - The aims of this study were (a) to investigate the influence of computer-mediated communication (CMC) on interpersonal attraction and (b) to examine two underlying processes in the CMC-interpersonal attraction relationship. We identified two variables that may mediate the influence of CMC on interpersonal attraction: self-disclosure and direct questioning. Focusing on these potential mediating variables, we tested two explanatory hypotheses: the CMC-induced direct questioning hypothesis and the CMC-induced self-disclosure hypothesis. Eighty-one cross-sex dyads were randomly assigned to one of three experimental conditions: text-only CMC, visual CMC, and face-to-face communication. We did not find a direct effect of CMC on interpersonal attraction. However, we did find two positive indirect effects of text-only CMC on interpersonal attraction: text-only CMC stimulated both self-disclosure and direct questioning, both of which in turn enhanced interpersonal attraction. Results are discussed in light of uncertainty reduction theory and CMC theories. SN - 1094-9313 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18085973/Computer_mediated_communication_and_interpersonal_attraction:_an_experimental_test_of_two_explanatory_hypotheses_ L2 - https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/cpb.2007.9945?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -