The Significance of Written Responses as a Nonverbal Cue that Contributes to Online Young Adult Relationship Initiation
Keywords:arranged marriage, impression formation, online dating, paralanguage, and social networks
This research study investigates the influence typed statements has on the decision-making process for adolescents when choosing to initiate communicating with an online dating match. Undergraduate students (n=247) were administered a 42-item survey, where participants replied to questions that asked if typed responses to prewritten questions influences their decision to initiate communicating with an online dating match. Results indicate typed responses did not adversely impact whether a person will initiate communicating with a match, but additional data does suggest other nonverbal cues are significant.
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