Social networking sites are changing how people learn about other people’s relationships, and how break-ups are broadcast among friends. For simply meeting people, Dr. Rabby recommends going to singles sites that have a specific focus like fitness singles, or JDate. Meeting people online is no longer any big deal as their is virtually no stigma involved with the practice anymore. When communicating online remember that grammar counts! When all they have to judge you is your communication, it will carry a much heavier weight. Relationships can transcend any medium, however, just like in any relationship the level of commitment between you is the key. Relationships, as they increase in seriousness will eventually move offline. At some point, nothing can replace face-to-face communication. Never forget that.
Dr. Michael Rabby, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Portland in Oregon. He joined the UP faculty in 2005 following three years of service at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that, Rabby taught at the University of Houston after earning his doctorate in communication from Arizona State University.
He currently teaches courses in quantitative research methods and interpersonal communication at the University of Portland and his areas of research and analysis include interpersonal relationships and the maintenance of them, the Internet’s impact on relationships, online romantic relationships, long-distance relationships, and couples’ verbal communication. He has produced numerous papers and articles for peer-reviewed journals and other publications.
University of Portland:
The University of Portland’s Department of Communication Studies seeks to understand how people use symbols to construct knowledge and exert influence. At the heart of this mission is the fundamental concern with the processes through which humans convey messages to audiences and a belief that human communication is central in creating just societies. The department is dedicated to educating students in the liberal arts tradition to produce knowledgeable, responsible, and skilled professional communicators that understand how to communicate effectively and ethically in all human arenas.