ERIC Number: ED425013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Families, Geographical Separation, and the Internet: A Theoretical Prospectus.
Jaffe, J. Michael; Aidman, Amy
The perception and acceptance of the Internet as a personal communication channel, and the functional characteristics of the Internet, provide a new means for geographically separated friends and family members to communicate with one another. This paper presents a theoretical framework for the study of family communication and electronic mail. A review of connected issues is presented, including: (1) the Internet and trends in human communication; (2) definitions of the family; (3) what relocation means for individuals and families; (4) communication technologies; (5) theories of family communication processes; (6) individuals as members of organizations; (7) organizations and the Internet; and (8) media theory and the Internet. Conclusions of this theoretical review propose guidelines for applied research to examine Internet communication among nuclear families and geographically dispersed family and extended family members. Such research would be an important component in understanding the potentially central functions of computer-mediated communication in nuclear and extended family dynamics. The paper notes that findings of related research may be crucial for institutions concerned with social effects of geographic mobility and networked communication upon organizational members and their families. (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Families, Technology, and Education Conference (Chicago, IL, October 30-November 1, 1997); see PS 027 175.