Breaching or Building Social Boundaries?

  title={Breaching or Building Social Boundaries?},
  author={Tom Postmes and Russell Spears and Martin Lea},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={689 - 715}
Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is sometimes heralded for its power to break down social boundaries and to liberate individuals from social influence, group pressure, and status and power differentials that characterize much face-to-face interaction. We review research conducted within the framework of the social identity model of deindividuation effects (SIDE) demonstrating that this is not always the case. When communicators share a common social identity, they appear to be more… Expand
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