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Author: Igarashi, Tasuku; Takai, Jiro; Yoshida, Toshikazu
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CMCH Synopsis: A group of Japanese undergraduates completed questionnaires on friendships. The researchers found that students who communicated with friends in person and with text messages tended to have closer relationships than those who communicated only in person. All students tended to start out with small groups of friends with whom they communicated in person. As they became better friends, they began using more text messages. Females tended to have large groups of friends with whom they communicated in person and via text messages but males tended to have smaller text messaging social networks. Women seem to be able to become part of a larger social network of friends with text messages than men. Researchers suggest studying the content of the messages. Center on Media and Child Health
Year: 2005
Article Title: Gender differences in social network development via mobile phone text messages: A longitudinal study
Journal: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume: 22
Issue: 22
Pages: 691-713
Source of Funding: Research Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists
Study Design: Correlational Study
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)
Keywords: Asians
Cell Phones
Communication Skills
Gender Differences
Interpersonal Communication
Peer Group
Social Development
Social Factors
Text Messaging



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