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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
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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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Published by: mrandrewv on Oct 22, 2010
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The question of accuracy is of paramount importance in any research (Rubin & Babbie,

2007). Every research methodology has strengths and weaknesses and no single approach

can ever fully capture a topic of study. In qualitative research, the various approaches used

to improve the quality of a study are placed broadly under the heading of „trustworthiness‟

(Given & Saumure, 2008). Trustworthiness, in turn, is made up of other issues that the

research has to address: credibility, transferability, dependability and confirmability.

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