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The Role of Imagined Interactions in Online Communication

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The Role of Imagined Interactions in Online Communication
Functions of Imagined Interactions
IIs Effects of Online Communication
Emotion Management (n=14)
How Much we use Online Communication
The average internet user in the US spends 3 hours a day online
Social media sites, email, instant messenger, texting, blog posts, ect.
Our ways of communicating have to adapt with new emerging technologies
8 Characteristics of Imagined Interactions
Frequency
Proactivity
Retroactivity
Variety
Discrepancy
Self Dominance
Valence
Specificity
Functions of Imagined Interactions
IIs compensate for the lack of interaction
Relationship to online communication: the internet, and all related outlets, are used to communicate when interaction is not possible
Emboldedness
IIs Effects of Online Communication
Communication Improvement (n=11)
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulates IIs
IIs and Preparing for Interaction
The Function of Rehearsal-
Techniques for Practicing-
1. Brainstorming
2. Generate and Judge
Practicing and IIs:
Positive Results
Self Confidence
Mindfulness
How to Have Beneficial IIs For Online Interactions
Retroactivity Ground Rules:
Be Honest
Look at the positives
Look for Improvement
When individuals have IIs to influence the emotions of themselves and/ or their real/ imagined conversational partners
Softening/ sharpening your statements
Clip: http://cli.ps/ghm5M
When an individual uses IIs to make his/ her message clearer
Occurs during message formation
Allows individuals to have better responses formed for conversational partner
IIs Effects of Online Communication
Occurs when individuals are trying to prepare for an impeding online communication encounter
IIs can help plan out what individuals will say
Can be efficiency- oriented; "You don't want to be typing irrelevant sentences" (p. 120)
Proactive/ Rehearsal Communication (n=10)
IIs Effects of Online Communication
IIs used to control past/ present events
Anticipating replies to your side of the conversation with intention of controlling the interaction
Can influence conversation initiation/ termination ("I owe him money and if I message him, I know he will ask me for it" (p. 121)
Clip: http://cli.ps/o4fGL
Situation Management (n=8)
IIs Effects of Online Communication
Using IIs to aid in your professional success
Allows individuals to present themselves in a competent, qualified manner
Prepares you for corporate careers
Professional Conduct (n=3)
Functions of Imagined Interactions
Functions of Imagined Interactions
To relieve tension and uncertainty about the actions of others
Transference phenomenon
Relationship to online communication: of the top six topics of online IIs, school, social plans, dating, sports, conflict, and gossip, catharsis plays a role in all of them
Self- Understanding
The understanding of an individual's attitudes, beliefs or values
Relationship to online communication: exists in that it allows individuals the opportunity to display any information they may want to disclose about themselves with the ability to carefully frame and think about how they want their message to come across before making it public
Self- Understanding
eHarmony:
Functions of Imagined Interactions
Self-Understanding
Brad Paisley- Online:
Catharsis
Functions of Imagined Interactions
Catharsis

Gossip Girl- "Catflight"
Compensation
The Functions of II's in Relation to Online Communication
Relational Maintenance and Online Communication
The Role of Imagined Interactions in Online Communication
Group 2
Kellie Blake
Rachael Fajoni
Ellen Taylor
Jessica Campbell
Jade Jenkins
Rachel Jackson
Briana Collins
Relational Maintenance and Online Communication
The function of relational maintenance looks at interpersonal relationships as they evolve outside of direct relational encounters
Uses-
Keeps relationships intact even when the partner is not there
Rehearse for relational conversations
Initiating relationships
Rehearsal and Online Communication
These online IIs occur when individuals are trying to prepare for an upcoming conversation or message
Uses-
Planning
Plotting
Conflict Management and Online Communication
The II Conflict Management Theory explains how individuals relive prior arguments as well as prepare for new conflict episodes
The Study-
Berkos, Kearney, Allen, and Plax
Most participants changed messages based on their II's; very often (n=37), often (n=20), sometimes (n=25)
25 of 83 responses were changed to avoid conflict
Conflict Management and Online Communication
http://cli.ps/XkjLH
Rehearsal and Online Communication
Group 2
Downtime
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulates IIs
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulates IIs
"Announcing personal whereabouts or activities while away from the computer"
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulates IIs
Unintended Recipient
False Identity
MTV's Catfish:
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulates IIs
Away Messages-
Lack of Nonverbal
No Strings Attached:
Proactive/ Rehearsal
Test Questions!
A) Emotion Management
B) Communication Improvement
C) Professional Conduct
D) Situation Management
1. During a conversation with his girlfriend through instant messaging, Andy changes his words and retypes his reply to a question so that he is sure she will get the right idea about his opinion. This best exemplifies which effect of IIs on online communication?
Test Questions!
A) Self Understanding
B) Rehearsal
C) Compensation
D) Catharsis
2. Emboldedness is part of which function of imagined interactions?
A) Catharsis
B) Self Understanding
C) Compensation
D) Rehearsal
3. Sam has an II about telling his cousin off about how annoying she is when she posts on Facebook. This II is an example of what?
Test Questions!
A) 30 minutes
B) 1 hour
C) 2 hours
D) 3 hours
4. About how many hours a day does the average internet user in the US
spend online?
A) Lack of Nonverbal
B) False Identity
C) Conflict Management
D) Unintended Recipient
5. Which of the following is not one of the unique aspects of online communication that simulates imagined interactions?
Unique Aspects to Online Communication that Stimulate IIs
Archives
How to Have Beneficial IIs For Online Interactions
Variety
Specific Details
Look at Context
Proactivity Ground Rules:
Conflict Management
Negative Conflict Management Use
Positive Conflict Management Use
Stay away from Rumination
The Function of Rehearsal
Catharsis
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