The expectation that information and communication technologies lead users to transcend the constraints of physical separation has been expressed as the death of distance. Perceptions of distance – the psychological distance – significantly influence how individuals evaluate events and objects. As computer mediated communication technologies allow individuals to interact as easily with those who are remote as with those who are proximate, how do they influence the psychological distance from remote others? And as these technologies are increasingly employed even in interactions with physically proximate others, how does this influence perceived distances? The results suggest that computer mediated communication technologies significantly reduce the psychological distance of remote others.
Oh, Hyelim; Curley, Shawn P.; and Subramani, Mani R., "The Death of Distance?: The Influence of Computer Mediated Communication on Perceptions of Distance" (2008). ICIS 2008 Proceedings. 149.