Online dating and interpersonal communication
He argues that if interactants communicate enough times and with sufficient breadth and depth, nonverbal communication does not remain paramount in relationship development.
One of the most important aspects of online interaction is the presentation of Self.
While other media theories exist, such as media richness theory and uses and gratifications theory, SIP specifically focuses on relationships entirely mediated online.
Unlike some theories that are rooted in other theoretical perspectives from various fields of study, SIP was conceptualized, in part, by addressing the shortcomings of other theories that addressed communication mediums.
The CMC systems are vast and almost always text based.
It has been identified as "an organic setting" and it can be both synchronous and asynchronous.
Moreover, relationships established via CMC systems also prompt emotions and feelings we find in all relationships.
Two of those theoretical perspective that influenced Walther's theory are social presence theory and media richness theory.
Walther believes that both SPS and MRT suffer from a limited understanding of relational life online.
Finally, since CMC systems are available around the globe, the uniqueness of being able to cultivate online relationships with someone who is very far away cannot be ignored.
The second assumption alludes that impression management is essential in online relationships and participants undertake efforts to ensure particular impressions.