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Authors: Kindred,Jeannette, Roper,Shannon L.,

Title: Making connections via Instant Messenger (IM): Student use of IM to maintain personal relationships

Publication Full: Qualitative Research Reports in Communication

Year: 2004 Volume: 5 Issue: NULL

Start Page: 48 Other Pages: 54

Descriptors: COMMUNICATION, COMPUTER software, INTERPERSONAL relations, COLLEGE students, UNIVERSITIES & colleges,


College students' use of Instant Messenger (IM) was explored through focus group interviews to uncover how, why and with whom are students using IM to maintain their personal relationships. The students interviewed reported spending most of their IM time communicating with friends. In addition, these students indicated they use certain aspects of IM (such as the away message) not to only communicate information but to manage their identities. Finally, graphic accents such as emoticons and emotext are being heavily integrated as a part of IM, usually through the use of pull-down menus, making accessibility optimal. Overall, this study provides insight as to Instant Messenger's important impact on social connectedness among college students. Specific results and suggestions for future research are discussed. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of Qualitative Research Reports in Communication is the property of Eastern Communication Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)


M3: Article; Accession Number: 15677782; Kindred, Jeannette 1; Email Address: jeannette.kindred@marist.edu; Roper, Shannon L. 1; Email Address: shannon.roper@marist.edu; Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; Issue Info: 2004, Vol. 5, p48; Thesaurus Term: COMMUNICATION; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER software; Thesaurus Term: INTERPERSONAL relations; Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; NAICS/Industry Codes: 443120 Computer and Software Stores; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Article

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Retrieved Date:January 1, 1970

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Publisher: Eastern Communication Association

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Issn Isbn: 17459435