Journal article

Interactivity in Online Chat: Conversational Contingency and Response Latency in Computer-mediated Communication

Zijian Lew, Joseph B Walther, Augustine Pang, Wonsun Shin

JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

In dyadic online chats with customers, agents commonly employ scripted responses and converse with several customers simultaneously in order to enhance efficiency. These techniques, however, can affect dimensions of interactivity—conversational contingency and response latency—under-mining interpersonal assessments, satisfaction, and organizations’ relationships with customers. This research incorporates aspects of interactivity to the social information processing (SIP) theory of computer-mediated communication, that addresses conversational behaviors that affect interpersonal relations in the absence of nonverbal cues. In a 2 × 2 between-subjects experiment, observers watched one of four v..

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