Author(s)

Mary Zenyuk

Date Approved

6-12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Communication;College students

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if technology, specifically text messaging, has an affect on young adult's face-to-face communication. Technology is improving on a daily basis. This continuous evolution and advancement in technology has paved the way for numerous methods of communication such as texting and social media. Not only has the methods of communication increased, so has the access to these methods become unlimited. This study is important to analyze how individuals are adapting their communication habits to conform with changing technology. A survey was developed and consisted of questions such as the student's age, major, preferred mode of communication, and approximately how many text messages they sent per day. Out of 116 participants 74% preferred to talk on the phone, 23% preferred to talk through text messaging, and 3% preferred to talk in person.

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