April 20, 2018
UCI Student Center Woods Cove
Presenter: Joanna Yau
Title: Is Texting like Talking? Sharing Emotions Online
Smartphones have forever changed the landscape of communication. What used to require aligning schedules for a phone call or a face-to-face meeting can now be sent instantly in a digital message. Digital communication may especially benefit college students as many are living away from home for the first time. With access to support networks right in their back pockets, they can immediately celebrate with friends and family when something positive occurs and ask for support when they encounter something negative. In this study, we explore the extent college students use messaging when they experience an emotional event. Do college students use messaging more when they feel stressed and when they are in a good mood? People are not very accurate at estimating their own media use (Junco, 2013) or recalling daily events such as incidents of stress (Stone et al., 1998), so we must use methods that go beyond surveys administered at one time point. We installed logging software onto participants' phones for seven days to capture when and for how long participants use messaging apps. To further illustrate the fine-grain connections between wellbeing and messaging, we surveyed participants.