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

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (8 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Emmelyn Croes
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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
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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

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Keywords

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

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Experiencing Emotions in Video-Mediated Psychological Counselling Versus to Face-to-Face Settings
Societies 2021, 11(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010020 - 11 Mar 2021
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How does using video technology influence the emotional experience of communication in psychological counselling? In this paper, the experience of emotion—as an essential factor in the communication between counsellor and client—is systematically compared for face-to-face and video formats. It is suggested that the [...] Read more.
How does using video technology influence the emotional experience of communication in psychological counselling? In this paper, the experience of emotion—as an essential factor in the communication between counsellor and client—is systematically compared for face-to-face and video formats. It is suggested that the research methodology for studying computer-mediated forms of communication links lab and (virtual) reality in an ideal way. Based on a sample of 27 cases, significant differences and their observed effect sizes are presented. The aim of this study is to investigate the emotional experience in direct and mediated interaction and thus to contribute to the systematic search for evidence as to whether and how the emotional experience in psychological counselling interviews changes during video-mediated transmission. The results suggest, among others, that negative emotions are more intense in the video format and positive emotions are intensified in the face-to-face format. Full article
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Perceived Intimacy Differences of Daily Online and Offline Interactions in People’s Social Network
Societies 2021, 11(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010013 - 09 Feb 2021
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This study examined which media people use on a day-to-day basis to communicate and whether tie strength influenced this media use. Furthermore, we analyzed whether online and offline interactions differ in perceived intimacy and whether tie strength impacts perceived interaction intimacy: 347 real [...] Read more.
This study examined which media people use on a day-to-day basis to communicate and whether tie strength influenced this media use. Furthermore, we analyzed whether online and offline interactions differ in perceived intimacy and whether tie strength impacts perceived interaction intimacy: 347 real interactions of 9 participants (3 male, 6 female) were analyzed; 172 online (WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, email, SMS interactions) and 175 offline (recorded phone and face-to-face conversations). The results revealed that the participants communicated most frequently face-to-face or via WhatsApp, especially with strong ties. Furthermore, participants rated their interactions with strong ties as more intimate compared to weak-tie interactions. Our findings have implications for Social Information Processing theory, as our findings show that people are equally able to communicate intimate messages online and offline. Full article
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