Sociologists agree that the advent of the Internet has allowed people to be in contact with others whom they would not likely have met under other circumstances due to geographical distance or perceived "out-group" status.
The Social Information Processing theory is one model that has been developed to explain the nature of these interactions.
Naturally, in online interactions, these particular nonverbal cues are not present, so other strategies are developed.
On the Internet, factors such as word choice, frequency of communication, emoticons, etc., provide clues to the nature of a relationship and help people to develop friendships.
Social Information Processing Theory (SIP) endorses online communication.
SIP proposes that despite the inherent lack of cues found in the nonverbal communication of online interactions, there are many other ways for people to create and process personal, or individualized, information.
Social information processing theory argues that online interpersonal relationships may demonstrate the same relational dimensions and qualities as Ft F relationships.
Is it possible for online interactions to develop into relationships that have the same level of bondage like face-to-face communication?
That is what the Social Information Processing (SIP) theory speaks about.
According to this theory, people are motivated to develop interpersonal relationships regardless of the medium and will develop strategies for overcoming the apparent lack of nonverbal cues typically found in Internet-based communication.
This theory contrasts other models that suggest computer-mediated communication leads to depersonalization.