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Unformatted text preview: Why Study Interpersonal Comm? o To dispel myths Myth 1: I have relationships, so I effectively communicate interpersonally Many people cant form personal relationships o 25% of people experience feelings of loneliness every few weeks o 25% of people experience chronic loneliness o Americans average 2 people in whom that can confide o 19% say they have 1 or fewer persons in whom they can confide Many people cant sustain personal relationships o American divorce rate estimates range from 38% to 62% (Georgia tends to be below national average) o Committed dating relationships on average last about 9.3 months o Dating relationships of people seeking commitment last about 4 months Serial Argument Patterns Simply relating to others, or communicating with others, does not make one adept at interpersonal communication (IPC) Myth 2: IPC is just common sense Some IPC principles are common sense, but people dont behave sensibly o Unsafe sexual behavior 21-41% if HIV+ men with knowledge of infection have...
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