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Table Of Contents

CONTEXTUALISATION, BACKGROUND AND RELEVANCE
1.1 INTRODUCTION
1.2 BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
1.3 RESEARCH PROBLEM AND AIMS
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1.5 RESEARCH PARADIGM
1.6 RESEARCH DESIGN
1.7 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
1.7.1 Selection of Participants and Selection Criteria
1.7.2 Data Collection Instruments
1.7.3 Data Collection Methods
1.7.4 Data Analysis
1.7.5 Data Verification
1.8 ETHICAL CONCERNS
1.9 KEY TERMS
1.9.1 Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC)
1.9.2 Subtypes of CMC
1.9.2.1 4chan
1.9.2.2 E-Mail
1.9.2.3 Instant Messaging (IM)
1.9.2.4 Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
1.9.2.5 MXit
1.9.2.7 Social Networking Sites
1.9.2.8 Twitter
1.9.2.9 Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Skype
1.9.2.10 Web Log (Blog)
1.9.2.11 YouTube
1.9.3 Emoticons
1.9.4 Trolling
1.9.5 Conclusion
1.10 OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS
LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 INTRODUCTION
2.2 ADOLESCENCE
2.2.1 Biological Development
2.2.3 Cognitive Development
2.2.4 Social Changes
2.2.5 Conclusion
2.3 COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION
2.3.1 The Many Uses of Computer-Mediated Communication
2.3.3 The Advantages of CMC use
2.3.4 The Dangers of CMC use
2.3.5 Conclusion
2.4.1 Adolescence and CMC
2.4.2 Conclusion
2.5 CONCLUSION
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
3.1 INTRODUCTION
3.2 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
3.3 RESEARCH PARADIGM AND RESEARCH DESIGN
3.3.1 Research Paradigm
3.3.2 Research Design
3.4 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.4.1 Selection of Participants and Selection Criteria
3.4.2 Research Context
3.4.3 Data Production Techniques
3.4.3.1 Interview Schedule
3.4.3.2 Interviews
3.4.3.3 Focus Groups
3.4.3.4 The Semi-Structured Approach
3.4.4 Data Analysis
3.4.4.1 Content Analysis
3.4.5 Data Verification
3.4.5.1 Credibility
3.4.5.2 Transferability
3.4.5.3 Dependability
3.4.5.4 Confirmability
3.4.6 Ethical Considerations
3.5 SUMMARY
PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS
4.1 INTRODUCTION
4.2 PARTICIPANTS, SETTING AND PROCEDURE
4.3 PRESENTATION OF THEMES
4.3.1 Ease of CMC Use
4.3.1.1 The Effect of Ease of Use on Popularity
4.3.1.2 Ease of Use and Relationships
4.3.1.3 Ease of Use and Language
4.3.2 The Immediacy Effect of CMC Use
4.3.3 The Role of CMC use in Relationships
4.3.4 CMC as a Barrier
4.3.4.1 Using a Barrier to Overcome Shyness
4.3.4.2 CMC Barrier and Clarity of Communication
4.3.4.3 Using a CMC to Lie or Hurt
4.3.4 The CMC Barrier as an Aid to Free Expression
4.3.5 Dangers
4.3.5.1 CMC Dangers in the Real World
4.3.5.2 The Danger of Harassment
4.3.5.3 The Danger of Viruses
4.3.5.4 The Very Different Danger of Addiction
4.4 CONCLUSION
DISCUSSION OF STUDY
5.1 INTRODUCTION
5.2 DISCUSSION
5.3 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE STUDY
5.4 RECOMMENDATIONS
5.5 REFLECTION
5.6 CONCLUSION
REFERENCES
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Exploring Adolescents Opinions of the Impact of Computer Mediated Communication on Their Lives - Andrew Verrijdt

Exploring Adolescents Opinions of the Impact of Computer Mediated Communication on Their Lives - Andrew Verrijdt

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Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) refers to any form of communication that can only be achieved through the use of a computer. This includes such diverse means as e-mail, MXit, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The aim of the study was to investigate the views of adolescents around the topic of CMC. The central research question related to adolescents’ views of the impact of CMC on their lives. Sub questions related to the reasons behind the popularity of CMC, the advantages of CMC use, the effect of CMC use on language, schoolwork and relationships, the dangers of using CMC and the use of CMC for bullying
.
The study was of qualitative design and was guided by a constructivist theoretical framework.

Several central themes around CMC use emerged from this analysis. The most central of these related to the importance the participants placed on ease of use, and the speed at which CMC can satisfy their desires. Further issues related to how CMC can have both positive and negative effects on relationships and the various dangers of CMC use.

Something that recurred throughout the analysis was the idea that a CMC can, in a sense, form a semi-permeable barrier between users. These barriers allow a user to control their communications with others, typically allowing users to express whatever they wish to express while restricting possible negative effects of their communication.

A model of adolescent CMC use was created that was based on these findings.
Abstract:

Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) refers to any form of communication that can only be achieved through the use of a computer. This includes such diverse means as e-mail, MXit, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The aim of the study was to investigate the views of adolescents around the topic of CMC. The central research question related to adolescents’ views of the impact of CMC on their lives. Sub questions related to the reasons behind the popularity of CMC, the advantages of CMC use, the effect of CMC use on language, schoolwork and relationships, the dangers of using CMC and the use of CMC for bullying
.
The study was of qualitative design and was guided by a constructivist theoretical framework.

Several central themes around CMC use emerged from this analysis. The most central of these related to the importance the participants placed on ease of use, and the speed at which CMC can satisfy their desires. Further issues related to how CMC can have both positive and negative effects on relationships and the various dangers of CMC use.

Something that recurred throughout the analysis was the idea that a CMC can, in a sense, form a semi-permeable barrier between users. These barriers allow a user to control their communications with others, typically allowing users to express whatever they wish to express while restricting possible negative effects of their communication.

A model of adolescent CMC use was created that was based on these findings.

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