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Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships

Edited By Kevin B. Wright and Lynne M. Webb

This is the first collection of readings on computer-mediated communication focusing exclusively on interpersonal interactions. Examining messages exchanged via email, Twitter, Facebook, websites, and blogs, the authors analyze communication issues of ongoing importance in relationships including deception, disclosure, identity, influence, perception, privacy, sexual fidelity, and social support. The book examines subjects that attract intense student interest – including online performance of gender, online dating, and using computer-mediated communication to achieve family/work life balance – and will inspire further research and course development in the area of computer-mediated communication in personal relationships. Because it provides a synthesis of ideas at the nexus of interpersonal communication theory and computer-mediated communication theory, the book can serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate as well as graduate courses.
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Patricia Amason (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1993) is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Communication, University of Arkansas. Her research examines provision of social support in interpersonal relationships and the communication surrounding sexual issues among romantic partners. Her research appears in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Studies, Communication Yearbook 10, Southern Communication Journal, Sex Roles, Health Communication, and Journal of Family Communication.

Theodore A. Avtgis (Ph.D., Kent State University) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, West Virginia University. He has published five books, numerous book chapters, and over 40 peer reviewed research articles appearing in Communication Education and Management Communication Quarterly, among others. He is co-founder of Medical Communication Specialists and current editor of Communication Research Reports. Among numerous awards, he was named a Centennial Scholar by the Eastern Communication Association.

Deborah Ballard-Reisch (Ph.D., 1983, Bowling Green State University) is Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication, Professor, Elliott School of Communication, Wichita State University. Dr. Ballard-Reisch has authored over 40 published essays in scholarly journals/edited volumes. She co-edited Communication and Sex Role Socialization and special issues of the Journal of Family Communication (research methodology) and Women and Language (globalization and feminism). Her current research examines health promotion in underserved populations, community-based participatory research, and social media.

Jennifer A. H. Becker (Ph.D., 2005, University of Oklahoma) is Instructor at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on challenges in interpersonal communication in relational and organizational contexts. Her research appears...

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