Course: Interpersonal Communications 120 / 4378 - 11:00- 12:15 T, ThPaper: Essay 1a Prompt: Face to Face and Mediated relationships
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The benefit to having a face-to-face relationship / conversation is all the signs a person can pick up on without the sender knowing they are being sent. The senders most of the time do not know that they are even sending the messages, which can sometimes be good or bad, depending on the situation a person is in. Examples of nervous behavior would be fidgeting, rubbing of hands together, looking away, shaking a leg, even stuttering, or staying silent while nervous perhaps, which could or could not be bad. If talking with a person that one likes and that person acts nervous, then that might be a sign of one’s admiration. One could cross one’s arms in a defensive posture, look away or not at whomever as a sign of being upset with that person, or make funny noises to just be disruptive and show disgust. That can also be useful if the other partners are not good at expressing themselves with words and constructive verbal communication. By reading their body language, one can change the direction of a discussion or be more accommodating to their needs and desires, to improve the outcome of the conversation. The challenge with face-to-face relationships is just that. A person may have to face the other persons. One may not want to face them due to the fact one has disappointed them, or has bad news. It is sometimes easier to not converse face to face, though that is not necessarily polite nor appropriate. If people are not going to do as they promised, they might send a quick text in order to avoid a negative reaction. Some have even preferred to break up with a girlfriend or significant others by text. This is supported by the quote, “A study of over 1000 cell phone users found that 45 percent had used their mobile phones to end a relationship (usually by text)” CITATION Ald14 \l 1033 (Alder,...
Bibliography: l 1033 Alder, R. B., & Proctor ll, R. F. (2014). Looking Out/Looking In (14th ed.).
Boston MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
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