Hyperpersonal Communication is what happens when you interact with people online. This is characterized by the following:
“visual anonymity, lack of identifiability, asynchronous interaction, uncertainty reduction, or a combination of these have all been implicated in heightened self-disclosure online” (Joinson, 2004, p. 472).
The interaction and communication online lacks visual and verbal cues, mostly text based with a few images, and you can respond and reply whenever you want to. Interaction online is different than interaction off line. You can’t treat it the same. It’s a different interaction. It’s not as immediate or even physical, but can be just as emotional.
What’s the point? Simply that there’s a difference.