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Communication, Instant Messaging and Other New Media

  • By: Susan Sprecher & Elizabeth Wickes
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Communication is necessary to develop, maintain, and end relationships. Today, a portion of that relational communication for many people, particularly adolescents and young adults, occurs in text-based modalities that can be sent instantaneously but do not require physical ...

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