Instant Messenger Interaction Theory Explanation of name: Our theory measures the levels of user comfort ability and self-disclosure through non-verbal communication by the use of Instant Messenger (IM). Explanation of how theory was influenced by other theorists: McLuhan's Technological Determinism Explanation of how theory was influenced by non-theoretical sources: It came to our attention that communicating through IM allows people to disclose more personal information about themselves. Description of event / observation : All three of us witnessed this event by talking to our friends through IM. We noticed that we told our friends more information and we tended to be more playful with members of the opposite sex without the fear of rejection. Explanation of the event / observation : We tell more information because the fear of face-to-face reaction and / or rejection isn't a concern. Explanation generalized: Different levels of information disclosure can happen through IM between male-male, female-female, and male-female relationships that can be described as friends, family members, lovers, and co-workers.
Scope of communication contexts theory covers: Our theory is only relevant with any form of IM services available through the computer. We believe this theory may also be relevant with chat room services but that would require further testing. 3 Testable Hypotheses: . Communication between people can be distorted because it is not face-to-face communication.
People relay more information over the Internet than any other mode of communication, such as the telephone... People are more comfortable disclosing personal information and chatting over the Instant Messenger than other communication mediums. Over 1 milli no kids use instant messenger these days and the numbers are grow in rapidly.