Context is defined as where the communication occurs influences how the process is likely to occur and be studied. Without context, words and actions have no meaning at all. It can be examined by social settings, institutional settings, and a combination of roles and relationships. Context affects a few major parts of communication: interpersonal, group, organizational, mass or mediated, and public communications. (Lawrence Heath, 2000)


Context determines when it is appropriate to communicate. Communicating through text messaging while in school is not appropriate.