This Handbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the central issues in nonverbal communication and examines the research that informs these issues. Editors Valerie Manusov and Miles Patterson bring together preeminent scholars, from a range of disciplines, to reveal the strength of nonverbal behavior as an integral part of communication.
Chapter 24: Nonverbal Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication or: (And the Net: ('S with You, :) and You :) Alone
Nonverbal Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication or: (And the Net: ('S with You, :) and You :) Alone
It may seem ironic, at first glance, to review research on nonverbal communication in the realm of computer-mediated communication (CMC). A considerable history of theory and research suggests that CMC differs from face-to-face (FtF) communication precisely on account of the lack of nonverbal cues in the new medium, and, that as a result, CMC offers meager social meaning and limited value. As is known to the blind and deaf, who cannot use all the cues that those with sight and hearing can use, or to distant lovers, who depend on written letters ...