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Authors: Walther,Joseph B.,

Title: Selective self-presentation in computer-mediated communication: Hyperpersonal dimensions of technology, language, and cognition

Publication Full: Computers in Human Behavior

Year: 2007 Volume: 23 Issue: 5

Start Page: 2538 Other Pages: 2557

Descriptors: Impression management, Self-presentation, Computer-mediated communication, Hyperpersonal model,


The hyperpersonal model of computer-mediated communication (CMC) posits that users exploit the technological aspects of CMC in order to enhance the messages they construct to manage impressions and facilitate desired relationships. This research examined how CMC users managed message composing time, editing behaviors, personal language, sentence complexity, and relational tone in their initial messages to different presumed targets, and the cognitive awareness related to these processes. Effects on several of these processes and outcomes were obtained in response to different targets, partially supporting the hyperpersonal perspective of CMC, with unanticipated gender and status interaction effects suggesting behavioral compensation through CMC, or overcompensation when addressing presumably undesirable partners.


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