New Media in Interpersonal Communication
Ngugi Peter Kibe* and Charles Kinyua Kamunyu
JKUAT University, Kenya
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ngugi Peter Kibe
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 30, 2014; Accepted Date: September 29, 2014; Published Date: October 05, 2014
Citation: Kibe NP, Kamunyu CK (2014) New Media in Interpersonal Communication. J Mass Communicat Journalism 4:226. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000226
Copyright: © 2014 Kibe NP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) is literally altering the norms of interpersonal interaction and creating a new system of messages by which people attempt to understand one another both verbally and nonverbally. It’s rare to look around and not see people texting, processing their email, or checking their Facebook status using smart phones, laptops, or iPads and in some of the most unusual places. Technology has changed the way we understand and handle our interpersonal relationships. Little research has been done to evaluate the impact that computermediated technology has had on the theoretical view of relational closeness. In social networking like Facebook, the user is constantly using social penetration theory by displaying self-disclosure. Annie McCarthy posits that: a Face book user can set their privacy settings to determine their levels of self-disclosure. This paper attempts to explore these perspectives in relationship development.