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COM 523 Communication in Personal Relationships












Relationship Development and Maintenance

MC:15 Relationship stages, 17 Expressing affections; CMCR: 6 Relational maintenance and CMC, 9 Online self-disclosure

1. Given the information you have about relational development and self-disclosure in the online environment, speculate as to what differences you feel would occur in at least three of the stages found in Knapp and Vangelisti's Model of Interactive Stages.

2. Other than direct relational statements, which two or three "currencies" for expressing affection do you feel are most likely to "show up" in the online environment? Why?

3. According to your reading, why might I post a picture of my dinner on Facebook?