A processual view on social presence emergence in virtual worlds

Laura Kohonen-Aho, Pauli Alin

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Distributed collaboration is increasingly conducted in virtual worlds. Successful distributed collaboration is can benefit from social presence, the feeling of being there with others in a virtual environment. Social presence includes the dimensions of copresence, psychological involvement and behavioral engagement. Despite the importance of social presence, we currently lack empirically grounded understanding of how social presence emerges through these dimensions. To begin remedying this shortcoming, we analyzed how the social presence dimensions were organized in social interaction. We found that the order of the dimensions depends on verbal and nonverbal communication. These findings clarify extant theory of social presence emergence in 3D virtual worlds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780769556703
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Koloa, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20168 Jan 2016
Conference number: 49


ConferenceAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS
CountryUnited States

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