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Hur använder vi SMS?: - Analys av SMS-användningen av en grupp ungdomar
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Method: Qualitative research

Main results: How do people use SMS (text messaging) . SMS is used today to communicate between people although it was originally intended to be a tool for stock brokers. Everyone who uses a mobile phone knows that SMS is no longer only used in that way. The purpose of this paper is to examine how we use SMS and why we use it for communicating in certain situations.

In making this study I interviewed 12 people between 14 and 24 years of age, six girls and six boys. From these interviews I tried to understand and then, based on my theoretical framework, to explain why we use SMS. This is reported in the diagram based on the short answers given by the informants to the questions and also through the presentation of some of the interviews in order to give a deeper understanding of the answers which they gave.

I found among other things that the time aspect in SMS plays an important role both positively and negatively. With SMS we dare to express more than we would in a face to face conversation and with SMS it is easier to lie or not tell the whole truth. In one test which was carried out we could see the difference between getting an answer with SMS and in a face to conversation. The symbols and codes used in communicating by SMS also play an important role. The sender can consider certain words and symbols that are used to have one meaning while the receiver can connote a completely different meaning.

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Uppsala: Institutionen för informationsvetenskap , 2006. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
SMS, dialogues, asyncron communication, Non-verbal communication.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-6776OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-6776DiVA: diva2:130835
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Available from: 2006-03-28 Created: 2006-03-28

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