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Interviewer 1: And how many is it usually like? Like three, or is it eight. . .
[Multiple Voices]: Two...three...we got five...like three... I do six.
Multi -person conversations are not confined to voice calling. The teens in the focus
groups described having several texting threads open simultaneously, each thread a
conversation with a different person. Yet in texting, multi -party conversations are most
often a set of one -on -one exchanges, thus it is easier to conduct group conversation by
voice. When calling, the teen can recognize the voice of a particular person. This
facilitates the interaction, though, as the comments indicate, it can become awkward
when too many people try to speak at once. Nonetheless, the teens, and in particular the
teen girls, felt comfortable making multi -party calls so that they could chat with a
collection of their friends. According to the teens in the focus groups, another reason to prefer calling is simply that
it is easier. The process of keying in the words, particularly if they are not familiar with
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- Fall '13