A Comprehensive Current Review of Text Messaging Usage
Alan Peslak Penn State University - Worthington Scranton
Wendy Ceccucci Quinnipiac University
Scott Hunsinger Appalachian State University
S Kruck James Madison University
Patricia Sendall Merrimack College
Abstract Text messaging, also known as "texting", refers to the exchange of brief messages, typically between 140-160 characters, sent between mobile phones over cellular networks. (Lenhart, Hitlin, & Madden, Teens and Technology, 2005).
There were over one trillion text messages sent and received in the U.S. in 2008 (Raposo, 2009). Over 8 trillion text messages were sent in 2011 which makes this service surpass traditional telephone conversations (NetBlueWeb, 2012). According to Pew Internet (Smith (2015)) ”Text messaging is the most widely-used smartphone feature …Fully 97% of smartphone owners used text messaging at least once over the course of the study period, making it the most widely-used basic feature or app; Lenhart, A., Ling, R., Campbell, S., & Purcell, K. (2010) found “Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends and cell calling is a close second.
With such a pervasive use and a ubiquitous technology, it is important to understand as much as possible about influences on the use of this technology. The purpose of this research is to explore behaviors, motivations, demographics, and emotions related to text messaging usage. A survey will be conducted that explores emotions associated with text messaging usage and time spent texting including both a series of common positive and negative emotions. Personality as expressed by levels of extroversion and introversion and impact on texting will be explored. Factor development and analysis will be incorporated to determine factors affecting intention to text and text usage. Factors will be developed to study Diffusion of Innovation Theory, Theory of Reasoned Action, Theory of Planned Behavior, and Technology Acceptance Model.
All of these variables will be cross-analyzed by gender. The results of the current survey will also be longitudinally compared to a similar survey administered by the authors in 2010. The overall results of this work will be to provide a comprehensive analysis of text messaging.
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Recommended Citation: Peslak, A., Ceccucci, W., Hunsinger, S., Kruck, S., Sendall, P., (2016). A Comprehensive Current Review of Text Messaging Usage. Proceedings of the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research, v.9 n.4287, Las Vegas, Nevada