The process by which verbal and nonverbal messages are exchanged between a limited number of people, usually from 3 to about 20, the upper limit being determined by the extent to which each member can interact with every other member with the potential for mutual influence. Traditionally, this refers to interpersonal communication between group members in face-to-face interaction. Sociologists (such as Goffman) tend to be concerned with how small groups maintain a shared definition of reality. The group is the smallest social system in which a communication network can exist: a dyad has only one link whereas a minimal group (a triad) has three (see alsosocial networks).
Subjects: Media Studies.