Contact stratification and deception: Blackberry messenger versus SMS use among students

Lindsay Reynolds*, Samantha Gillette, Jason Marder, Zachary Miles, Pavel Vodenski, Ariella Weintraub, Jeremy Birnholtz, Jeff Hancock

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The proliferation of communication technology has led to potential stratification of contacts across different media, which has important implications for interpersonal dynamics, such as deception. The present study examines how two text-based communication media, BBM and SMS, involve different kinds of social contact networks, and how these differences lead to changes in the frequency and nature of lies. The results reveal that BBM social contacts are relationally closer and include more friends but fewer family and acquaintances than SMS. More deception was also observed in BBM, which included more lies about managing social interactions. The results have important implications for the impact of design features, such as PIN exchange, in text messaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
Pages221-224
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2011
EventACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: Mar 19 2011Mar 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

OtherACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period3/19/113/23/11

Keywords

  • Blackberry
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Deception
  • Relationship closeness
  • SMS
  • Text messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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