Special Issue "The Development of Attraction in Video-Mediated Communication"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Emmelyn Croes
Guest Editor
Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, Netherlands
Interests: computer-mediated communication, relationship development, human-machine communication, social influencers
Prof. Dr. Marjolijn Antheunis
Guest Editor
Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands
Interests: communication and technology; computer-mediated communication; human–machine communication; friendships; interpersonal communication

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few decades, the computer-mediated communication (CMC) landscape has evolved considerably; from computer-only text-based platforms like MSN and Yahoo Messenger, to (mobile) video-mediated communication (VMC) platforms like Skype and FaceTime. These platforms allow people to communicate with their social network anywhere, in real-time, using a combination of text, video, and audio, next to or even instead of meeting up face-to-face. Contemporary VMC technologies are changing the ways in which we communicate with our work colleagues, form and maintain our social and romantic relationships, and even affect doctor–patient communication. Current research largely focuses on text-based CMC or chat, while the effects of VMC technologies on physical, social, and/or task attraction are studied far less frequently. Still, there is reason to believe that attraction develops differently in VMC compared to text-based CMC, because, similar to face-to-face communication, VMC allows interlocutors to transmit both verbal and nonverbal cues in real-time. Although communication and relationship development in text-based CMC relies heavily on verbal cues, individuals in VMC may use nonverbal cues to communicate as well.

For this purpose, Societies invites authors to submit manuscripts of original research that analyze the development of task, social, romantic, and/or physical attraction in VMC in various communication settings. Examples include but are not limited to social settings (e.g., friendship/relationship formation), work settings (e.g., task effectiveness, teleworking) or health settings (e.g., doctor–patient communication, online social support). Empirical and/or theoretical manuscripts are encouraged, and we welcome submissions using various empirical research methods or a combination of different research methods.

Dr. Emmelyn Croes
Prof. Dr. Marjolijn Antheunis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Societies is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • video-mediated communication
  • attraction
  • computer-mediated communication
  • interpersonal attraction

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