Communication : Communication Privacy Management

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Communication Privacy Management in relationships Geng 1 Communication Privacy Management in relationships Communication privacy management (CPM) is a theory about how people make decisions about revealing and concealing private information. CPM theory suggests that individuals maintain and coordinate privacy boundaries (the limits of what they are willing to share) with various communication partners depending on the perceived benefits and costs of information disclosure. People believe they own and have a right to control their private information and control their private information through the use of personal privacy rules. When others are told or given access to a person’s private information, they become co-owners of that information. A cross-sectional survey method was employed to test CPM in the context of disclosing romantic feelings in cross-sex friendships. Specifically, it examined whether people would choose implicit or explicit demand message strategies when revealing romantic feelings to a friend of the opposite sex in hypothetical scenarios. Participants were college students enrolled in two academic institutions—a small liberal arts college and a large university. A student sample is appropriate when studying cross-sex friendships because young adults typically have Communication Privacy Management in relationships Geng 2 more cross-sex friends than children, middle-aged
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