Faculty Advisor

Taylor, Steven S.

Abstract

Objectives of this study were to capture (through interviews) and share (through a comedy performance) college-age students' perceptions of Instant Messaging. This study utilized Grounded Theory, communication models, advertising, and data expression through performance. Conclusions drawn from the 9 interviews include average starting grade (6.9), reasons for IMing (peer pressure, opposite sex), benefits (typing skills, multitasking) and relationship effect (IM breakups, icebreakers, maintaining contacts). The authors hosted and starred in a collection of video and live sketches highlighting these themes.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Business

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