Constructing social systems through computer-mediated communication

  title={Constructing social systems through computer-mediated communication},
  author={B. Becker and G. Mark},
  journal={Virtual Reality},
The question of whether computer-mediated communication can support the formation of genuine social systems is addressed in this paper. Our hypothesis, that technology creates new forms of social systems beyond real-life milieus, includes the idea that the technology itself may influence how social binding emerges within online environments. In real-life communities, a precondition for social coherence is the existence of social conventions. By observing interaction in virtual environments, we… CONTINUE READING
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