Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Age/Sex/Location: Uncovering the Social Cues in the Development of Online Relationships

By Monica T. Whitty and Jeff Gavin

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.Peer-reviewedPublisher versio

Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1089/109493101753235223
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9609
Journal:

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. (1996). Computer-mediated communication: Impersonal, interpersonal and hyperpersonal interaction. doi
  2. (1998). Cybersex: Research notes on the characteristics of the visitors to online chat rooms. Deviant Behavior, doi
  3. (1997). Electronic emotion: Socioemotional content in a computer mediated communication network. doi
  4. (1996). Ethical issues in a study of Internet use: Uncertainty, responsibility, and the spirit of research relationships. Ethics and Behavior, doi
  5. (1992). Flaming” in computer-mediated communication: Observations, explanations, and implications.
  6. (2000). Global Internet Statistics (by Language). Retrieved
  7. (1998). Internet paradox: A social technology that reduced social involvement and psychological well-being? American Psychologist, doi
  8. (1992). Interpersonal effects in computermediated interaction: A relational perspective. doi
  9. (1995). Life on the screen.
  10. (1995). Love at first byte? Building personal relationships over computer networks.
  11. (1996). Making friends in cyberspace. doi
  12. (1998). Making MOOsic”: The development of personal relationships online and a comparison to their off-line counterparts. doi
  13. (1986). Reducing social context cues: Electronic mail in organizational communication. doi
  14. (1995). Relational aspects of computermediated communication: Experimental observations over time. Organizational Science, doi
  15. (1997). Romance in cyberspace: Understanding online attraction.
  16. (1993). Sex, economy, freedom and community. doi
  17. (1992). The erotic ontology of cyberspace. doi
  18. (1959). The social psychology of groups. doi
  19. (1995). War of the worlds: Cyberspace and the high-tech assault on reality. doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.