Rq6 how does college students use of communication

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(RQ6) “How does college students’ use of communication media to maintain relationships differ when the relationships are local, long distance, close local, and close long distance?” (RQ7) “Does college students’ use of the internet in their social circles correlate with the use of other media within those circles?” (RQ8) “Are media used in different amounts depending on the purpose of the interaction (social vs. non-social)?” (RQ9) “How do physical contexts (location) of online interactions differ from those in other media (face-to-face conversations and telephone calls)?” (RQ10) “Does the perceived quality of interaction depend on medium (face-to-face, internet, telephone), relationship (romantic partner, friend, and family), purpose (social, non-social), or interactions amongst these variables?” Methods: There were two parts to this study, the first part of this study; participants were asked to keep a 3 to 5 day diary about the important social interactions they encountered, whether they were face-to-face interactions, on the telephone, or on the internet. In the second part of the study, students were asked to fill out a survey about the different mediums of internet they used such as, email, instant messaging, or chatting. Results : The results of the first part of the study showed that out of 51 students who recorded 862 interactions between them it was determined that 64% of the interactions were face-to-face, 18% were telephone calls, and only a mere16% was internet interactions. The second part of the survey determined that out of 496 students (40% male, 60% female) 71% most frequently used email and 29% said they used instant messaging more. Implications : The results show that surprisingly enough more college students prefer communicating face to face rather then the internet and even more surprising then that students most favored form of communication online is email, not a medium something more direct like instant messaging.
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  • Winter '09
  • Jackson
  • Sociology, Instant messaging, social interactions, New Media and Society, significant social interactions

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