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The pros and cons of studying online
FtF does not, znd CMC does, allow users to take the time and put into words what they really desire, is reflected here. Shields, R. A primer on how to work with the Usenet community. Myers, D. Perhaps the largest and most accessible asynchronous venues are the support spaces transmitted via Usenet.
What are the positive & negative effects of using technology to communicate?
Additionally, there is no simple way to determine, of those who do post, whether they represent one person Mediatedd more as people may share addressesor whether more than one address corresponds to what is in actuality a single individual since an individual may have more than one way to access Usenet. Group Support. London: Routledge. Dependency issues surfaced in items dealing with dependency, giving up control, and feeling obligated in FtF social support.
Does not seem common in typological studies of support seeking see, e. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
Analyses Scores were subjected to principal components factor analysis with orthogonal rotation, in order to determine the most parsimonious set of dimensions of attraction to electronic social support. Anonymous note posted in Usenet alt. CMC, over the Internet to Usenet news groups, can offer absolute, objective anonymity, which many social support participants use in discussing their situations.
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The strength of weak ties has been examined directly in relation to computer networks contexts other than social support. While this outcome is not universal, there are certain affordances of CMC and some combinations of social context factors Mediahed are known to affect relational communication and interpersonal perceptions in extraordinarily positive directions.
I really hate that. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 2 1. First, empirical work by Parks and Floyd found that most Usenet users "make friends" online and that many of these friendships are comparable to offline friendships on a variety of relationship assessment dimensions a notable exception being how much time partners spend together; it seems to remain the case that we spend Mediateed time in the Mediahed of those with whom we see than those with whom we type.
This review led to an empirical investigation among Usenet support users, attempting to assess the social and technological dimensions of online support that make it attractive to users, the of which conclude this study. Kling Eds. Anonymous rer FAQ.
In support among strangers, aspects of CMC social support may ameliorate a of the disadvantages associated with support in close relationships. Based on typical response rates to mail surveys and a similar methodology for on-line questionnaires developed by Parks and Floydwe projected a thirty-three per cent response rate to the questionnaire distribution. Constant, D.
Pros of face-to-face communication
Stigma management in normal-stigmatized interactions: Test of the disclosure hypothesis and a model of stigma acceptance. The kindness of strangers: The usefulness of electronic weak ties for technical advice.
Among these are several newsgroups particularly focused on support, often indicated by name e. Leatham, G.
Comparing video, avatar, and robot mediated communication: pros and cons of embodiment
In order to get both a diversity of responses as well as to be sensitive to similarities within groups, a randomized block sampling method was adopted to obtain these addresses. As CMC does not Mediatev real-time utterance, participants may craft their messages and their self-presentations with greater care than may be possible in spontaneous FtF settings. First, they allow participants to conduct "reality checks" by comparing their own reactions and feelings to others who are different but who have had similar experiences.
Costs of giving. According to Galagher et al. The first one apparent in this research is estimating the size of the potential participant population, despite readership estimates, and determining how to access it.
communicatio This differs substantially from FtF support, which is not available anyplace, any time. An example of tangible aid would be buying groceries for a friend who was sick. It is my belief that the discussion is easier and healthier, and the computer does not interrupt us during our story or questions, and we do not have a chance to interrupt the response.
Computer mediated communications: Bulletin boards, computer conferencing, electronic mail, information retrieval. As on-line anv support is exchanged among those with similar experiences or concerns, without the multiple concerns and filters that close relationships impose, these issues may be ameliorated. Time, pp.
The importance of technology mediated communication
American Journal of Communiation, 96, In addition, a large proportion of the Usenet audience is comprised of college-aged students who might find the information posted in the newsgroups In such cases, different aspects of new electronic communication venues can be an attractive alternative. To deny reciprocation is to violate relational equity; yet to be "on call" to provide support when one is ill-disposed, unable, or inexpert, may be equally disturbing see for review Albrecht et al.
Sarason Eds. This suggests a very well-informed sample from which to inform us of relative advantages of on-line support. These outcomes would appear to be counterfunctional to communicatoin support communicatino in the long run. Costs of receiving. Maintaining and restoring privacy through communication in different types of relationships.