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Title: Age/Sex/Location: Uncovering the Social Cues in the Development of Online Relationships
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
Gavin, Jeff
First Published: 2001
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Citation: CyberPsychology and Behavior, 2001, 4(5), pp. 623-630.
Abstract: Past research on online relationships has predominantly been concerned with how the quality of online relationships compares with offline relationships. This research has been more concerned with the medium itself than with the meanings that users construct around their interpersonal interactions within this medium. The current paper seeks to redress this imbalance by exploring the ways that available social cues are used to shape the meanings of online relationships. Sixty Internet users, ranging in age from 19–51 years, were interviewed about their online relationships. It was found that ideals that are important in traditional relationships, such as trust, honesty, and commitment are just as important in online relationships; however, the cues that signify these ideals vary.
DOI Link: 10.1089/109493101753235223
ISSN: 1094-9313
eISSN: 2152-2723
Version: Publisher version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: This is a copy of an article published in CyberPsychology & Behavior © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2001; CyberPsychology & Behavior is available online at: Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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