Review of Literature:
Helme, D. W., Hight, A. E., & Mitra, A. (2010). Instant Messaging as Social Interaction in College: Behavioral and Gender Correlates of Use. Kentucky Journal Of Communication, 29(2), 75-98.
Cellphones have become a powerful hand tool to humans. The use of iphones has contributed to the popular use of Instant Messaging among high school and college students. The current study looked at the behavior and gender differences among the college students’ use of instant messaging (IM) and face to face communication. The Gratification theory (UGT) and the Social Network Theory (SNT) were used to further explain the relationships. Results supported the social network theory because individuals responded extensively while the Gratification theory was not fully supported. However, the study did …show more content…
The authors came to the general consensus that computer users have acquired a variety of technologies where they have also managed to include means of communication in their technology skills. The authors however, leave a question that remains unclear why people obtain different kinds of communication instead of being consistent to one or substituting one for another. However, the previous statement raises the question that “What type of need does each of these media fulfill?” (Uses and Gratifications of Social