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Development of the Affect for Communication Channels Scale


Lynne Kelly; e-mail:


As computers have increasingly provided new channels of communication, scholars have taken an interest in computer-mediated communication (CMC) in general and the impact of personality traits and other antecedents of preference for face-to-face or computer channels. Research is hampered, however, by the lack of standardized measures of CMC-related concepts. Three studies (N =914) were undertaken to develop and validate a measure of affect for using communication channels. Findings of the studies provide strong evidence of the internal consistency and both construct and predictive validity of the scale.