In the hyperpersonal phase, The sender uses the process of selective self-presentation.
People who meet online have a better opportunity to make a favorable impression on the other.
Moreover, relationships established via CMC systems also prompt emotions and feelings we find in all relationships.
Finally, since CMC systems are available around the globe, the uniqueness of being able to cultivate online relationships with someone who is very far away cannot be ignored.
These online relationships may help facilitate interactions that would not have occurred face-to-face due to factors such as geography and intergroup anxiety.
Beginning in the 1990s, after the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, interest grew in studying how the Internet impacted the ways people communicate with each other.
In addition, online comments are usually delivered rather quickly and efficiently.
Joseph Walther, a communication and media theorist, understood that to describe the new nature of online communication required a new theory.
While the term has traditionally referred to those communications that occur via computer-mediated formats (e.g., instant messages, e-mails, chat rooms), it has also been applied to other forms of text-based interaction such as text messaging.
Social information processing theory argues that online interpersonal relationships may demonstrate the same relational dimensions and qualities as Ft F relationships.
Social information processing theory is suggesting that although the messages are verbal, communicators "adapt" to the restrictions of online medium, look for cues in the messages from others, and modify their language to the extent that the words compensate for the lack of nonverbal cues.
This third assumption reflects Walther's contention that given sufficient time and accrual of messages, online relationships have the same capacity to become intimate as those that are established face to face.