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Social media, self-disclosure, reciprocity, interpersonal relationships
Social Media sites have become increasingly popular platforms for developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Although the usage of computer-mediated communication is normal in day-to-day life, the understanding behind how and why these relationships grow is scarce. This literature review considers relational elements such as self-disclosure and reciprocity, and how they are impacted by online elements such as an asynchronous context, controllability, and the disinhibition effect. Contrary to interpersonal relationships that develop in a physical context, the law of reciprocity is fulfilled and replaced by affirmation and recognition from relational partners, while self-disclosure continues to be a vital element within relationships. Developing an online relationship isn’t difficult, but the factors involved are varied and worth exploring in further study.
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Costello, Clara D.
"“Hello? Are You Still There?” The Impact of Social Media on Self-Disclosure and Reciprocity in Interpersonal Relationships: A Literature Review,"
Channels: Where Disciplines Meet: Vol. 2:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/channels/vol2/iss2/3
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