#callfor The Development of Attraction in Video-Mediated Communication (Societies)

Date(s) - 24/08/2020
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Over the past few decades, the computer-mediated communication (CMC) landscape has evolved considerably; from computer-only text-based platforms like MSN and Yahoo Messenger, to (mobile) video-mediated communication (VMC) platforms like Skype and FaceTime. These platforms allow people to communicate with their social network anywhere, in real-time, using a combination of text, video, and audio, next to or even instead of meeting up face-to-face. Contemporary VMC technologies are changing the ways in which we communicate with our work colleagues, form and maintain our social and romantic relationships, and even affect doctor–patient communication. Current research largely focuses on text-based CMC or chat, while the effects of VMC technologies on physical, social, and/or task attraction are studied far less frequently. Still, there is reason to believe that attraction develops differently in VMC compared to text-based CMC, because, similar to face-to-face communication, VMC allows interlocutors to transmit both verbal and nonverbal cues in real-time. Although communication and relationship development in text-based CMC relies heavily on verbal cues, individuals in VMC may use nonverbal cues to communicate as well.

For this purpose, Societies invites authors to submit manuscripts of original research that analyze the development of task, social, romantic, and/or physical attraction in VMC in various communication settings. Examples include but are not limited to social settings (e.g., friendship/relationship formation), work settings (e.g., task effectiveness, teleworking) or health settings (e.g., doctor–patient communication, online social support). Empirical and/or theoretical manuscripts are encouraged, and we welcome submissions using various empirical research methods or a combination of different research methods.