American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Pathology of Students' Cell Phone Text Messages (Case study: Saghez's Payame Noor University)
Mahvash Janmardi

Modern communications technologies have opened widespread and diverse communication channels for people, and cell phones are among the phenomena, which in the late twentieth century and via transforming the human life, have had diverse individual and social impacts. Text message as one of the applications of cell phones as well as their growing trend among student users within an academic population requires to be explored. In this regard, the current research sought to analyze students' cell phone text messages. In order to arrange and configure the theoretical framework, theories of Satisfaction and Use by Engelhard, Habermas, Maccquail, Windall and Humens were used in a combined form. The research was conducted through a random sampling method and via a survey technique and by using a researcher made questionnaire among Payame Noor University students. The validity of the research's questionnaire was confirmed by the nominal and construct validity while its reliability was supported by Cronbach's alpha. The sampling method was simple random and the sample volume was 269 people. Data gathered were provided in two descriptive and inferential parts. Descriptive data indicated that in the sample population, the single, unemployed and Humanities group accounted for the highest percentage. Text messages, taking photos, Bluetooth, and filming were among the applications that cell phones would offer to students. The highest percentage of the sample population were found to send 150 messages and receive 41-60 messages per week. Non-academic friends were among the major receptors of messages. According to inferential results of the research, hypotheses pertaining to age, marriage status, job, motivation and reciprocal reaction, identity and satisfaction as well as sending messages were confirmed while other hypotheses were rejected.

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