Central European Journal of Communication

Central European Journal of Communication (ISSN 1899-5101) – the official Journal of the Polish Communication Association is published twice a year.

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The purposes of interpersonal communication: 
A survey to fi nd the most likely general reasons why people engage in communication

Mikael Jensen
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

ABSTRACT: Th e purpose underlying this paper is to fi nd out what purposes/functions people from a diverse background assess to be more important and central to human interpersonal communication. A list of 17 possible purposes and functions of interpersonal communication was derived from a literature review and used in a survey study. Th e questionnaire was fi lled out by 313 participants (international students being in Sweden) from diverse cultural backgrounds. Th e fi ndings from this study suggest that the participants acknowledge very central aspects of human life to be the reason for communicating. Th e most agreed upon reasons why we communicate is to share and enhance enjoyment (share positive emotions) and to create and strengthen social bonds (manage relationships).

 

DOI: 10.19195/1899-5101.11.1(20).2

KEYWORDS: purpose, interpersonal communication, emotion, cognition, relationships, joint
activity.

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