So, do you have a communication research paper and don’t know what to write about? Don’t sweat, don’t panic. There is a way out. In this blog, I will show you that there are actually several essay topics in communication that are trending, relevant and current at the moment and you can definitely write brilliant essays on these topics. So read my blog and think about it – why don’t you give these topics a try? Some of these topics would relate to Social media, Interpersonal Communication, Gaps in Communication (especially seen in Divorce), and the negative correlation between depression and communication. This blogpost provides a detailed analysis of interaction in social media, the role of interpersonal communication, breakdown of communication during divorce and an individual’s inability to communicate while going through depression or other mental illness.
Selecting any of these topics would help you to ace the communication essay easily, and yes, without breaking a sweat. You don’t even have to do any research. Just look up a few terms in these topics and you’ll be able to come up with something pretty quick. Simply stick to some basic rules while writing a communication essay and number one rule of writing a perfect communication essay is to be – communicative. You got it. Yes, your communicative essay has to be articulate, precise, clear and distinctly personable and relatable in style and content. A communication essay is different from other essays, because a communication essay is about real-life issues and deals with issues related to real-life communication and real-life examples.
First rule of Communication research? Be communicative / Image source: ted.com
Choosing Your Topic
Some of the major essay topics in communication could be on social media, because social media is so hot and trendy right now. What are the unique features of social media communication? How do you communicate and interact through social media and how is that communication different from real-life communication? What are the pros and cons of social media communication? Topics can range from the harmful impact of social media communication to the positive influence of social media, and how social media has changed the rules of communication, especially the direction of online communication and networking.
The second subject area in communication research could be on some essay topics on interpersonal communication and how individuals interact in real-life scenarios. Some of the research questions that can be tackled in interpersonal communication are how is interpersonal communication changing human interaction in the real-world? What are the features or unique aspects of interpersonal communication? How do you study interpersonal communication? What are the basic rules or tenets of interpersonal communication? How does research on interpersonal communication help us to understand the basis of human interaction?
You can also provide a thesis statement on depression and a thesis statement on divorce which provide the basis for research on communication during depression and divorce. What is the importance of communication that can prevent or stop divorce between couples? How is communication gap or a lack of communication between couples responsible for almost all divorce cases? What are the consequences and solutions to overcome communication gap within marriages? How is communication gap between couples reduced to sustain long-term marriages?
What is a communication gap? / Image: smeworld.asia
Considering depression and mental illness, communication topics would relate to the breakdown or lack of of communication or communicative abilities in depression and mental illness. Research questions in mental health and communication could focus on what are the negative communication issues in mental health and depression? What could be the communication breakdown pattern in depression and mental illness? Are depressive patients averse to open communication? How is communication or communicative abilities in individuals affected by depression or mental illness? What are the unique communication patterns shown by depressive patients? What are the limitations in communication among patients of depression? These are some of the research questions that are pertinent to communication among depressives and other mentally ill individuals. How do we improve communication among individuals suffering from depression and what would be the methods used to encourage them to have more open communication with peers, counselors or acquaintances?
While writing an essay topic on communication, focus on the research topic and then the specific research question. This will help you to narrow down your approach to communication and specify your research area, so that you are able to finally come up with a very precise research question and a narrow research topic that will streamline your direction of research and help you to focus. A very specific, narrow and focused research question can be handled faster and with more precision and accurate research approach. If you are a communication student struggling to understand how to ace that communication paper, the best method is to focus on trending topics, narrow down to one research question and then bang it up with your ideas. The challenge is to find your sweet-spot in research, you must be focused and have a good insight on what you want to do.
These four topics I just suggested are sure-shot winners in communication research. They are hot, relevant, trendy and have all the relevant sources that you would need for your communication thesis or essay paper. However it’s just not enough to narrow down to your research question, you need to actually find your sources, data and other reading material before you start your research paper. For the literature review and background study, look up journal databases, internet sources, books, library catalogs and research papers to understand the parameters defined by these four topics and the variables you want to study – the relationship between communication and divorce, depression, social media or human interaction according to your research topic could redefine how you understand and present new issues in communication research.
Data, source, research – how do people communicate? / Image source: Infectioncontroltoday.com
After focusing on the topic and delineating your sources, you probably need to read up all reading material that you collected. Come up with an outline and you are on your way to a real essay writing workout. Start filling in those details of your research paper and all the four topics should be able to provide you with enough material and ideas that you can rely on and move forward. Essay writing on communication is easy once you have these things – a topic, a question, sources and clear idea on what to write. My advice would be to read up all relevant material and focus on the topic. It won’t be that hard and once you have nailed the topic and the question, you’re all set, good to go and ready for a roll.
Essay writing can actually get exciting – I’m not really messing with you – essay writing can be really exciting if you want it to be. Just select the right topic and read up some interesting articles – you have to actively develop that interest in learning and your research topic. Study real-life example on the links between communication and divorce, depression or social media. Real-life examples are more relatable and can get people hooked to a subject. There are numerous researchers who became interested in a research topic, after encountering real-world challenges in the concerned research area. For example, if you experience a friend or a family member going through depression or divorce and a consequential communication breakdown, you are more likely to develop a research interest in the interrelationship between communication and divorce or depression. You get the point?
Divorce = Communication Breakdown / Image source: TherapyTribe.com
The research topic you choose must relate to your experiences, interests and the value you want to create through the process of research. Once you have a topic, you probably need to focus on the writing which has to be precise, focused and with several real-life and real-world examples. Providing examples is a very important aspect of communication research, especially as all the four topics in communication as mentioned in this blog are based on real-life examples. It is always cool to provide some real case studies on how communication has been affected in social media, divorce, interpersonal or depression scenarios.
Communication topics have to be very modern or contemporary and current or relevant and the writing style has to be very precise, direct and to-the-point. This will help you to present your ideas in a very interesting manner. Finally research papers that you write must captivate the interest of your readers, colleagues, supervisors and fellow researchers. Making a research paper interesting is purely your domain, and would depend on your personal ability, as it is finally your writing style that will wow the readers. So keep your essay interesting, cool and dynamic with plenty of examples.
Refining your topic
Now that we have identified the four winners of communication research, choosing a research topic and a research question should be easy. Once you have chosen the research topic and question, find some case studies or real examples on the internet and finding the other parts of research information should be easy. So, since these are the major four topics you can work on, you can probably deal with a range of sub-topics or research questions in these areas, as already identified.
Communication and Confusion / Image source: theodysseyonline.com
Some examples of research questions on divorce and communication could be very specific and the thesis statement on the relationship between divorce and communication would be to find the reasons for communication breakdown among married couples that inevitably leads to divorce. Similarly, any thesis statement that focuses on the relationship between depression and communication would have to focus on the reasons for depression in an individual and how communication could improve mental health and moods of people with depression. Depression, divorce, social media and interpersonal communication can be related in unique ways in your essay, paper or thesis, if you need to understand how communication drives mental health or human relationships. So, there are obviously many avenues to work on and the research topic can be varied according to the research directions, interests and requirements of the researcher. However, the research topic is determined by your supervisor and you will have to work with your supervisor to zero in on the communication paper you will write.
These four topics are just a guide to help you work on communication research, and human interaction or social media research, so that finally you are aware of all the major areas of communication and the trends or future directions in communication. Of course, you can choose to go technical and go into the realms of human-computer interaction, communication in family and society, communication patterns as it develops in children and how communication is manifested in adulthood. So, there are several areas of communication you can work on. However, these identified areas of research will help you to quickly determine your communication research path. It’s like you finally found your purpose and direction. Your options are many and your choices in communication research could be varied, but finally you can succeed in writing a brilliant essay when you focus on the most researched or significant, trending and relevant areas of study. Social media, divorce and mental health issues are very relevant at this time and as long as you have a great rationale or justification for your research question, you should be able to drive considerable attention towards your research.
Remember, some of the basic points of writing a great communication essay. Collect your material well in advance, read up and read and re-read. After that choose a few areas of study and narrow in on one area – if it’s social media you love, stick to social media and communication. After that, check whether you have the resources necessary on social media and what these research papers are about – are these about changes in communication patterns or advantages of social media communication? Try to focus on recent research papers to understand what’s in trend. Once you are able find the “nerve” of communication research, you should be able to understand what’s kicking (or cooking) for that matter. Developing some insights into the direction of research will finally help you nail that ultimate and brilliant research topic and you can come up with the most original research question that could bring in a new direction in communication research. Your best bet is to remain relevant and trendy and yet super original in your topic, question, approach and research direction. Once you have found the topic, you are on cloud nine, you now need to jump to your own icloud – which means collect information and come up with that killer research question that will completely change your intellectual understanding and your academic portfolio. Still not sure about writing that communication paper? Take the help of these guys.
12 Interesting Interpersonal Communication Research Paper Topics
There are many different interpersonal communication topics that you can use for an academic paper; however, sometimes thinking of these topics is easier said than done. In order to help you to narrow down a good topic or title for your essay, the following suggests various pieces of advice, as well as including a list of interesting ideas that you may wish to use.
Think about what barriers to communication, if any, you want to write about in your paper
Firstly, you may wish to consider barriers to communication. Interpersonal communication revolves around how easily people can communicate with one another, and, therefore, by researching and writing about any barriers that can exist, you immediately open up numerous topics to write about.
Consider how you will carry out the research, particularly interviews
As part of your essay you will inevitably have to carry out some form of research. In order to do this, you need to think of different research methods that you would like to use. There are various aspects to consider when it comes to picking research methods, including any ethical issues and boundaries that you must keep within.
Equally, you may wish to consider any financial costs that may be associated with various methods, as well as the simple fact that carrying out some methods may be difficult or even impossible.
For a few further ideas of what you could base your paper on, the following is a list of 12 different research paper topics on the subject of interpersonal communication.
- How does communication differ between two people compared with groups of more than two people?
- How can interpersonal communication be used to reflect a person’s dominance within a group?
- What methods do deaf people use to communicate emotions that are not necessarily used by those without hearing problems?
- Do women demonstrate different interpersonal communication skills to men?
- How do children learn interpersonal communication skills?
- Can we learn anything from the interpersonal communication skills of animals when compared to those of humans?
- How does sign language change around the world?
- How do deaf people learn sign language?
- An analysis of hidden communication in human beings?
- An in depth study of individuals who can detect micro-communications?
- How to tell if someone is lying
- A comparison of interpersonal communication methods used by individuals from two distinct and different cultures