Social Information Processing Perspective (SIPP)

March 15th, 2010

Kim, Junghyun. “Interpersonal Interaction in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) : Exploratory Qualitative Research based on Critical Review of the Existing Theories” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003.

Yet another theory Junghyun Kim discusses in his 2003 article.

Created by J.B. Walther (1992), this theory exemplifies Kim’s Personal Interaction Perspective, stating that, “CMC is no less personal than FtF communication, given sufficient time for message exchange and interpersonal relationship development.” (Kim 8). However, there does not seem to be a clear standard for what constitutes “sufficient time.” Therefore, while this theory seeks to measure interaction by time and rate of messages exchanged, the concepts are too vague to really apply them to experiments.

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