Objective and Perceived Complexity and Their Impacts on Internet Communication

Objective and Perceived Complexity and Their Impacts on Internet Communication

Qimei Chen (University of Hawaii, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-327-2.ch007
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Abstract

In this chapter, a general framework has been proposed to address the relationship between objective complexity and perceived complexity and their impacts on Internet communication effectiveness. Previous literature on objective complexity, perceived complexity, optimal complexity and cognitive complexity was reviewed. Based on the literature review, feasible measures of objective complexity, perceived complexity and optimal complexity are proposed. Finally, seven propositions are generated to chart the relationship within different types of complexity and between different types of complexity and communication effectiveness. The author hopes that by capturing the objective complexity using a system-centered approach while capturing the perceived complexity using a user-centered approach, a more holistic understanding of the complexity phenomenon will be assured.

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