Date

4-2016

Department

Communication Studies

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Clifford Kelly

Keywords

Chronemics, Computer-Mediated Communication, Email, Response Times, Social Media Texting

Disciplines

Communication | Critical and Cultural Studies | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Mass Communication | Social Media

Abstract

This paper explores current literature related to chronemics in electronic communication to show that emailing, texting, and social media should be studied in order to understand how one’s self-esteem is affected by these forms of communication to bring about a greater awareness. This research describes a sample study of college students’ reactions to response times using a mixed methods approach, specifically an explanatory sequential model. Through an evaluation of Zimbardo’s (1999) time perspective studies, peer reviewed journal articles, and computer-mediated communication chronemic studies, this paper provides an argument that response times in electronic communications indicate priority and hierarchy between communicators which can, in turn, temporarily affect an individual’s self-esteem.