Title

`IM me': Instant Messaging as Relational Maintenance and Everyday Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-31-2009

Keywords

computer-mediated communication, instant messaging, Internet, relational maintenance, routine interaction

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407509106719

Abstract

Few studies to date have examined the use of Internet applications in enacting `everyday' routine relational maintenance and even fewer assess how such tools complement more traditional forms of communication to sustain involvements. This exploratory study examines the role of one such tool, instant messaging (IM), in relational maintenance. Participants (N = 402) reported their general use of IM (Stage 1) and subsequently conducted and reported on a specific interaction occurring either through IM or face to face (Stage 2). Among IM users, significant gender and the types of relationships differences emerged in `every communication.' Findings also indicate how IM is being utilized in conjunction with other communication channels. New research opportunities for examining relational maintenance processes employing IM are advanced.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, v. 26, issue 2-3, p. 291-314

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