Unformatted text preview: communication that is used in a broad
spectrum of mundane interactions. It is used when there is no need for immediacy or
when one is concerned about how their conversation partner is going to interpret and
respond to the communication. When there is a pressing need to contact another person,
or when there is the danger that a text will be misunderstood, then calling is preferred. Indeed, teens say that they used texting and voice interaction strategically. In those
cases where they feel as though they needed to judge the reaction of their conversation
partner, voice has an advantage. When using voice they can adjust or fine -tune the
exchange as it develops. A middle school girl explained: l If I ’m looking for a clear response, I can see what they ’re thinking or so I can [hear]
their reaction then I ’d probably call them. But. . .. I guess I would text sometimes if I have to tell someone
Pew Internet & American Life Project that I ’m not going to be able to make it or something like P...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13