ERIC Number: ED332251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Mediated Communication and Interpersonal Perceptions.
Adkins, Mark E.
A study investigated the conditions under which computer-mediated communication (CMC) (electronic mail) senders were perceived as self-absorbed by CMC receivers. Experience with electronic mail was the independent variable and perceived self-absorption, attraction, and homophily were the dependent variables. Two-hundred fifty volunteers from a small private university in the northeast and with varying degrees of computer experience were asked to answer electronic mail messages. Although assertions have been made that CMC messages are likely to reflect an egocentric-like sender because of the limited social context cues the medium offers, results indicated that neither group focused on the lack of these cues. Both experienced and inexperienced electronic mail users perceived the sender of the message as not self-absorbed. Future research should address the issue of whether receivers made a "logical leap" into a frame where reciprocity and very self-oriented communication is accepted or even expected. If a leap was made, researchers should also try to discover how those without any prior experience with the medium made this leap so easily. (Thirty-six references are included; three appendixes, containing the electronic mail messages, are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Communication; Research Suggestions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-28, 1991).