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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

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Social Information Processing Theory: Impressions and Relationship Development Online
Social information processing theory: Impressions and relationship development online
Joseph B.Walther

Similar to those who work in organizations that have offices around the world, or to student project groups in which partnerships are formed strictly via the Internet, or to people who meet online and never in person, there is often a great deal of concern about what those distant partners are like: whether they are reliable, hard working, enjoyable, and if they have a good sense of humor. We are liable to think, with only e-mail or text-based messaging to connect us, that finding the answer to these queries is impossible. And yet, a matter of weeks (or several late nights of chatting) later, people are grinning ...

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