chapter  3
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Machines as mediators: The challenge of technology for interpersonal communication theory and research

WithMELANIE D. POLKOSKY

In the past several years, we have become inundated with sleek, futuristic technologies that allow us to communicate more often from our places of work, homes, and everywhere in between. Communication technologies have become an important and prevalent means of social interaction that may be difficult, impossible, unavailable, or perhaps just more cumbersome through more traditional means. These technologies have impacted on our daily interactions with others and promise to do so for years to come.