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Title: Social-psychological influences on opinion expression in face-to-face and computer-mediated communication
Authors: Ho, Shirley S.
McLeod, Douglas M.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Ho, S. S., & McLeod, D. M. (2008). Social-psychological influences on opinion expression in face-to-face and computer-mediated communication. Communication Research, 35(2), 190-207. doi:10.1177/0093650207313159
Journal: Communication Research
Abstract: This study used an experiment embedded within a Web-based survey to examine the influence of contextual (i.e., face-to-face vs. online chat room discussion) and social-psychological factors on individuals' willingness to express opinions. In this experiment, respondents were asked whether they would be willing to express an opinion if they were placed in a face-to-face discussion group in one condition and in an online chat room discussion group in the other condition. Results indicate that print news use, fear of isolation, communication apprehension, future opinion congruency, and communication setting significantly predict willingness to speak out. In addition, not only did fear of isolation have a negative main effect on opinion expression, but this effect was significantly attenuated by computer-mediated discussion. Findings suggest that computer-mediated communication may avoid some of the dysfunctional social-psychological influences found in face-to-face interactions and create a forum conducive for public deliberation.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/141194
ISSN: 0093-6502
DOI: 10.1177/0093650207313159
Rights: © 2008 Sage Publications. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Communication Research and is made available with permission of Sage Publications.
Fulltext Permission: open
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