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Effective Computer-mediated Communication Using Hypertext: Introducing Expanding Hypertext--Are They Adventurous?
Unformatted Document Text:  Effective Computer-mediated Communication Using Hypertext 13 clicking on everything the user finds of use or interest, the text has been molded into content crafted specifically for his/her own informational needs and interests. This means the reader’s attention is not lost exploring undesired elaboration and it may greatly increase the richness of content that is useful to the user. Different people communicate differently. Communication is a very individual experience based on individual cognitive capacities, previous experiences, personal characteristics, and external environmental factors. Therefore, effective computer-mediated materials should be designed in a way that fits to these conditions. In this exploratory study, expanding hypertext was tested for its usability, particularly in terms of individuals’ preference for and disorientation with the given text format. Hypertext is normally integrated with other visual or auditory aids to produce better quality communication. Because of this reason, it is hard to consider these systems as forms of purely electronic text, applied in practice. However, the way hypertext systems affect an individual's communication process should be studied on a micro level. In this study, it was speculated that hyperlinks in different text structures might serve as stimulus and could be beneficial for certain individuals, providing uncertain or novel stimulation. In this respect, individuals’ sensation seeking tendency was suspected to play a role in exploring computer- mediated materials. Previously identified individual characteristics should be noted for further development of this technology. While the flexibility of hypertext with easy and direct access to other information should be carefully adopted in many applicable situations, the potential problems of hypertext such as disorientation should be redirected in a way that minimizes disadvantages and turns to the effective uses of the technology. In this respect, a hybrid form of two existing text formats, expanding hypertext, might suggest a new direction for further development of these technologies.

Authors: Lee, Moon.
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Effective Computer-mediated Communication Using Hypertext
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clicking on everything the user finds of use or interest, the text has been molded into content
crafted specifically for his/her own informational needs and interests. This means the reader’s
attention is not lost exploring undesired elaboration and it may greatly increase the richness
of content that is useful to the user.
Different people communicate differently. Communication is a very individual
experience based on individual cognitive capacities, previous experiences, personal
characteristics, and external environmental factors. Therefore, effective computer-mediated
materials should be designed in a way that fits to these conditions. In this exploratory study,
expanding hypertext was tested for its usability, particularly in terms of individuals’
preference for and disorientation with the given text format.
Hypertext is normally integrated with other visual or auditory aids to produce better
quality communication. Because of this reason, it is hard to consider these systems as forms
of purely electronic text, applied in practice. However, the way hypertext systems affect an
individual's communication process should be studied on a micro level. In this study, it was
speculated that hyperlinks in different text structures might serve as stimulus and could be
beneficial for certain individuals, providing uncertain or novel stimulation. In this respect,
individuals’ sensation seeking tendency was suspected to play a role in exploring computer-
mediated materials.
Previously identified individual characteristics should be noted for further
development of this technology. While the flexibility of hypertext with easy and direct access
to other information should be carefully adopted in many applicable situations, the potential
problems of hypertext such as disorientation should be redirected in a way that minimizes
disadvantages and turns to the effective uses of the technology. In this respect, a hybrid form
of two existing text formats, expanding hypertext, might suggest a new direction for further
development of these technologies.


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