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Computer mediated communication and dating

Despite the popularity of online dating sites, little is known about what occurs when online dating partners choose to communicate offline.

Social information processing theory focuses on the social processes that occur when two or more people are engaged in communication, similar to theories such as social presence theory, social penetration theory, and uncertainty reduction theory.

What makes SIP different from these theories is its distinct focus on communication mediated solely by information and communications technologies.

While other media theories exist, such as media richness theory and uses and gratifications theory, SIP specifically focuses on relationships entirely mediated online.

The results provide support for the modality switching perspective, and offer important insight for online daters.

Walther claims that CMC users can adapt to this restricted medium and use it effectively to develop close relationships.

Joseph Walther, a communication and media theorist, understood that to describe the new nature of online communication required a new theory.

Her research appears in over 50 essays published in scholarly journals and edited volumes, including computers in Human Behavior, Communication Education, Health Communication, and Journal of Family Communication. Wright (Ph D, University of Oklahoma) is Professor in Communication at the University of Oklahoma.