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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication

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Edited By Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty and Shawn D. Long

Research on the dark side of communication has typically been studied from a single standpoint confined to a specific context. As an intradisciplinary project, this volume transcends the traditional unilateral perspective and focuses on a wide range of communication topics across a variety of contexts. From interpersonal communication, organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, and health communication, the book presents a collection of essays that merges theory with practical application.
Chapter contributors write candidly and unapologetically about how they and various populations under investigation mitigate a wealth of dark side behaviors spanning sexualization, cyberstalking, bereavement, and various illnesses.
The different perspectives offer a lens through which students and academics can enhance their understanding of how dark side behaviors are experienced and communicated. They enlighten our understanding of the dark side of human communication, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and inspire future studies that will advance the limitless inquisitions of contextual dark side research.

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Context 4: The Dark Side of Computer-Mediated Communication

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Context Four The Dark Side of Computer- Mediated Communication Sixteen Catfished: Disenfranchised Grief for the Never-Existed Jocelyn M. Degroot and Heather J. Carmack Online dating has been increasing over the past several years; in fact, 1 in 10 Americans have used an online dating website (Smith & Duggan, 2013) and approximately more than one third of marriages in the United States initiated through online dating (Cacioppo, Cacioppo, Gonzaga, Ogburn, & VanderWeele, 2013)� Numerous studies have also revealed the capability of computer- mediated communication (CMC), including the use of social media sites, texting, and instant messenger, to develop and sustain relationships (Parks & Floyd, 1996; Rabby & Walther, 2003; Tong & Walther, 2011; Walther, 1992)� Moreover, Walther’s (1996) hyperpersonal model posited that people who met and maintain a relationship online can actually be closer, or even more inti- mate, than their real-world couple counterparts� Rabby (2007) labeled couples who initiated and maintain their relationship online as virtuals� These people have never met in real life/face-to-face, but they communicate regularly and consider themselves to be in a relationship� The virtual rela- tionship is maintained through communication and self-disclosure, primarily because they do not participate in other social activities as a couple (e�g�, going out to eat)� Deception during online dating is a common concern for those utilizing online dating services (Donath, 1999; Ellison, Heino, & Gibbs, 2006) especially for virtuals (Rabby, 2007)� Online dat- ing profiles often contain some misrepresentations, including lying about one’s physical features, career, or hobbies� Although deception can occur in an online context,...

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