Nonverbal Communication In Social Media

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With social networking emerging at the forefront of a new era for interpersonal communication it also brings with it new questions about nonverbal communication associated with the use of social networks. A study conducted in 2014 by Fleuriet, Cole, and Guerrero of Arizona State University (p. 429) allows us insight into our real life reactions to nonverbal cues and communication that we interact with while on a social network. This paper will explain the procedures followed by the researchers in order to understand not just the research and paper itself, but what the findings mean for many of us that are avid social network users. The study conducted had eight hypotheses that they wanted to test ranging from a more “general prediction, whereas …show more content…
429) and how nonverbal cues come into play in a CMC Situation as well. Previous research done on the subject was listed in the paper extensively by the authors, touching on research for each of the eight hypothesis. Research done on surveillance on Facebook has suggested, “The second most common use for Facebook is to engage in virtual people watching or social investigation.” (Joinson p. 430). Other research conducted by Doering and Poeschl concludes that when we aren’t in a face to face interaction people “make a conscious decision to include nonverbal cues in their communication” (p. …show more content…
We are taught at a very early age by magazines and TV shows that boys never mean exactly what they say, and when they say one thing it can mean something completely opposite. I have read my fair share of Tiger Beat and Seventeen Magazine and both provide full page spreads on “how to decode your man’s text messages” or “how to tell if he likes you from his snapchat score.” Taking these nonverbal “sleuth” skills to social networks with us really just seems to make things worse, and in line with what the researchers concluded, there is a huge difference in the meaning of a message received if something as small as exclamation points are added or taken away. I find this subject to be extremely interesting, this research paper led me to not only have a better understanding of nonverbal cues on social networks, but ask my own questions about the way that we are possibly taught to look for these social cues in our

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