Virtual interactions with acquaintances



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Velarde Hermida, Olivia and Bernete García, Francisco and Casas Mas, Belen (2019) Virtual interactions with acquaintances. Revista Latina de Comunicación social (74). pp. 668-691. ISSN 1138-5820

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Introduction: This article examines the socio-historical -and irreversible- transformations generated by the digitalisation of interpersonal relations, particularly, in the online communication of internet users with acquaintances, i.e., people they know, but are not a close friend. Methods: The study is based on a survey carried out among a sample of 2,801 Internet users and the analysis of data with discriminatory and structural methods, which resulted in the identification of four different types of communicators. Results and conclusions: The specific functions of online interactions with acquaintances are instrumental. Two kinds of transformations are identified: sociogenetic and anthropogenic. As predicted by the research hypotheses, these interactions are experiencing sociogenetic transformations, which reduced the digital gap, but no anthropogenic transformations, which would alter the position acquaintances occupy in the system of social distances and the functions they perform in social relations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Socio-historical changes; Digitalisation; Interpersonal communication; Acquaintances sociogenesis; Anthropogenesis
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Social research
Social sciences > Information science > Interpersonal communication
ID Code:64454
Deposited On:17 Mar 2021 14:12
Last Modified:18 Mar 2021 12:02

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