12. CMC and the Conceptualization of “Friendship”: How Friendships Have Changed with the Advent of New Methods of Interpersonal Communication (Amy Janan Johnson / Jennifer A. H. Becker)
CMC and the Conceptualization of “Friendship”: How Friendships Have Changed with the Advent of New Methods of Interpersonal Communication
Amy Janan Johnson
Jennifer A. H. Becker
With many new channels of communication available, the ways individuals engage in interpersonal relationships are changing. Scholars interested in interpersonal communication must consider whether and how such changes affect the way they conceptualize and explore certain relational variables. For example, the advent and popularity of new technologies has dramatically increased the possibilities and expectations for sustaining close connections despite geographic distance (Adams, 1998). College students in particular are availing themselves of new technologies that allow them to communicate with their long-distance friends more easily (Pew Internet, 2002a). Pew Internet (2002a) found that 72% of college students from the United States reported they used the Internet mainly to communicate with friends, most commonly with friends from high school (35%), followed by friends on campus (24%), and friends off campus (20%).
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