To what extent are the motives and practices for text messaging influenced by the gender of the user?

Tiller, Rachael (2014) To what extent are the motives and practices for text messaging influenced by the gender of the user? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation investigates whether the practices and motives for text messaging are influenced by the gender of the user. The study blends the well-researched field of sociolinguistics, specifically language and gender, with the area of Computer-Mediated Communication, specifically text messaging. The research material was collected from 8 participants, who were stratified into equally weighted groups, consisting of males aged 18-30 and 30+ and females aged 18-30 and 30+. It was decided that gender and age would constitute as the research variables in this case, however, the controlled variables were that all participants were British nationals, native speakers of English and users of smartphones. The study achieved triangulation by blending qualitative data analysis, in the form of perceptions concerning text messaging behaviours, with quantitative data analysis, in the form of real text messages. Analysis concluded that the original hypothesis of gender having an effect on texting practices and motives was supported, to an extent, however, it emerged that factors such as age, frequency of use and context could be equally, if not more, influential to the practices in and motives for text messaging. Contrary to previous research, there was a notable absence of textisms and messages were largely standardised and typed orthographically. It is thought that this could be reliant on technological advancements in mobile telephone handset and software design, promoting and enhancing the ease of sending a text message.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:23
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45

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