Degree Granting Department
Jane Jorgenson, Ph.D.
Arthur P. Bochner, Ph.D.
Carolyn Ellis, Ph.D.
Instant messenger, Online communication, Qualitative interviews, Interpersonal communication, Personal disclosure
This study consists of qualitative interviews with 8 graduate students about the use of synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC), or instant message (IM), programs in their interpersonal relationships. Participants were interviewed twice, once via an instant message program and once in a face-to-face setting. They were asked about their frequency of use, their use of multi-tasking, and the types of conversations they have via IM. Results of the interviews are discussed, with a concentration on the paradoxical nature of IM communication as impersonal, but at the same time, conducive to personal disclosure and intimacy.
Scholar Commons Citation
Nicholas, Michael P., "(Re)defining Relationships in a Mediated Context: Graduate Student Use of Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.