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The purposes of interpersonal communication. A survey to find the most likely general reasons why people engage in communication
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0367-7693
2018 (English)In: Central European Journal of Communication, ISSN 1899-5101, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 25-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose underlying this paper is to find out what purposes/functions people from a diverse background assess to be more important and central to human interpersonal communication. A list of 17 possible purposes and functions of interpersonal communication was derived from a literature review and used in a survey study. The questionnaire was filled out by 313 participants (international students being in Sweden) from diverse cultural backgrounds. The findings from this study suggest that the participants acknowledge very central aspects of human life to be the reasonfor communicating. The most agreed upon reasons why we communicate is to share and enhance enjoyment (share positive emotions) and to create and strengthen social bonds (manage relationships).

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2018. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 25-38
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purpose, interpersonal communication, emotion, cognition, relationships, joint activity
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Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-13996DiVA, id: diva2:1200421
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved

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