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Do Short Texts Imply Small Thoughts? An Investigation Of The Semantic Networks Associated With Restricted And Non-restricted Text Production

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CI040131

Volume

31

Pages

7

Published

2004

Size

292 kb

Author(s)

G.B. Svendsen, J.A.K. Johnsen & B. Evjemo

Abstract

Short Messaging System (SMS) and similar technologies restrict the amount of text that can be utilized in communication. The present study aimed to investigate how the restricting aspects of such technologies affect the time used to reproduce a message, and the mental processing of the content of that message. The results show no differences in time spent writing. However, a reaction time task indicates that participants with restricted text space, compared to non-restricted participants, have a wider range of story-related concepts readily available in working memory. Areas of future research are outlined. Keywords: SMS, message analysis, memory, mental processing. 1 Introduction The use of the SMS text messaging syst

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