psychological distance

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In mediated interpersonal communication, a phenomenological feeling of the other person not ‘being there’ (as opposed to psychological closeness or proximity). Rutter argues that the key difference between the media used in interpersonal communication is the extent to which they encourage psychological distance or closeness. This can have various consequences for communication styles, depending on other factors, such as tasks, roles, and social relationships. See alsocuelessness; immediacy; presence.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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