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What does smartphone-mediated communication feel like?

English title What does smartphone-mediated communication feel like?
Applicant Camerini Anne-Linda
Number 183199
Funding scheme Digital Lives
Research institution Istituto di comunicazione sanitaria (ICH) Facoltà di comunicazione, cultura e società
Institution of higher education Università della Svizzera italiana - USI
Main discipline Communication sciences
Start/End 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2020
Approved amount 141'200.00
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Discipline
Communication sciences
Psychology

Keywords (7)

smartphone-mediated communication; social presence; experimental design; psychophysiological measures; young adults; trust; digital mobile media

Lay Summary (German)

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Heutzutage ist das Smartphone ein allgegenwärtiger Begleiter in unserem Alltag geworden. Trotz seiner Vielzahl von Funktionen stellt die Kommunikation über kurze Sofortnachrichten noch immer die häufigste Nutzungsform dar.
Lay summary

Ziel des Forschungsprojekts ist es, die persönliche Wahrnehmung von Smartphone-vermittelter Kommunikation und dem Interaktionspartner zu untersuchen. Dazu werden zwei Laborexperimente mit insgesamt 200 jungen Erwachsenen im Alter von 18 bis 35 Jahren im Kanton Tessin durchgeführt. Es werden typische Eigenschaften der Kommunikation wie z.B. zeitversetzte Interaktion, der Gebrauch von Emoticons und Nachrichtenvalenz manipuliert. Die persönliche Wahrnehmung wird mit Hilfe eines Post-Fragebogens gemessen. Darüber hinaus werden im zweiten Experiment physiologische Daten wie z.B. Herzfrequenz und elektrodermale Aktivität erhoben. Die Kombination von subjektiven und objektiven Daten schafft ein noch besseres Verständnis der persönlichen Wahrnehmung von Smartphone-vermittelter Kommunikation.

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Publications

Publication
Exploring the Emotional Experience During Instant Messaging Among Young Adults: An Experimental Study Incorporating Physiological Correlates of Arousal
CameriniAnne-Linda, MarcianoLaura, AnnoniAnna, OrtAlexander, PetrocchiSerena (2022), Exploring the Emotional Experience During Instant Messaging Among Young Adults: An Experimental Study Incorporating Physiological Correlates of Arousal, in Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 840845.
The Relationship between Social Anxiety, Smartphone Use, Dispositional Trust and Problematic Smartphone Use: A Moderated Mediation Model
Annoni Anna Maria, Petrocchi Serena, Camerini Anne-Linda, Marciano Laura (2021), The Relationship between Social Anxiety, Smartphone Use, Dispositional Trust and Problematic Smartphone Use: A Moderated Mediation Model, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(5), 2452-2452.
“What you say and how you say it” matters: An experimental evidence of the role of synchronicity, modality, and message valence during smartphone-mediated communication
Petrocchi Serena, Marciano Laura, Annoni Anna Maria, Camerini Anne-Linda (2020), “What you say and how you say it” matters: An experimental evidence of the role of synchronicity, modality, and message valence during smartphone-mediated communication, in PLOS ONE, 15(9), e0237846-e0237846.

Datasets

Digital Lives - Social Anxiety, (problematic) Smartphone Use and Dispositional trust (pre-experimental data)

Author Camerini, Anne-Linda
Publication date 29.01.2021
Persistent Identifier (PID) https://doi.org/10.23662/FORS-DS-1240-1
Repository FORSbase


Digital Lives - What does smartphone-mediated communication feel like (Experiment 1)

Author Camerini, Anne-Linda
Publication date 29.01.2021
Persistent Identifier (PID) https://doi.org/10.23662/FORS-DS-1238-1
Repository FORSbase


Exploring the emotional experience during Instant Messaging among young adults: An experimental study incorporating physiological correlates of arousal

Author Camerini, Anne-Linda
Publication date 10.12.2021
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.17605/OSF.IO/C26HG
Repository OSF


Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Talk given at a conference When the timing matters: Exploring the psychophysiological correlates during Instant Messaging among young adults 26.03.2022 Paris, France Camerini Anne-Linda; Petrocchi Serena; Ort Alexander; Annoni Anna Maria;
FORS methods and research meetings Individual talk Smart research in social sciences: The potential of smartphones and smart wearables in research on mobile media use among adolescents and young adults 23.02.2021 online due to COVID-19, Switzerland Camerini Anne-Linda;
46th Annual Conference organized by the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACM) Talk given at a conference A question of time? – An experimental study on the impact of message latency and valence on physiological reaction and perceived social presence during instant messaging 20.11.2020 Converted from Switzerland to virtual due to COVID-19, Switzerland Camerini Anne-Linda; Fahr Andreas; Petrocchi Serena; Annoni Anna Maria; Ort Alexander;
70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Talk given at a conference The role of dispositional trust, social anxiety and smartphone use in predicting smartphone addiction 21.05.2020 Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19, Australia Annoni Anna Maria; Camerini Anne-Linda; Petrocchi Serena;
70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Talk given at a conference “What you say and how you say it” matters: An experimental evidence of the role of synchronicity, modality, and message valence during smartphone-mediated communication 21.05.2020 Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19, Australia Annoni Anna Maria; Camerini Anne-Linda; Petrocchi Serena;
European Conference on Health Communication Talk given at a conference “Control yourself and don’t trust anybody!”: A moderated mediation model of impulsivity, social anxiety, and dispositional trust and their relationship to smartphone use and addiction in young adults 13.11.2019 Zurich, Switzerland Petrocchi Serena; Camerini Anne-Linda; Annoni Anna Maria;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
175874 Blessing or Curse? Smartphones in the Life of Adolescents 01.01.2018 Project funding

Abstract

In 2018, almost everybody in Switzerland owns a smartphone, which has become a ubiquitous device in our daily lives, especially among younger populations. Although smartphones offer a wide range of functionalities, instant messaging remains among the most popular and used ones. Including text-based conversations potentially complemented by visual elements such as emoticons or images, instant messaging offers a rich way of one-to-one or group communication. However, the dislocations of time and space during the conversation remains a considerable difference compared to face-to-face communication. Although past research has investigated the differential effects of online and offline communication, smartphone-mediated communication was oftentimes considered a black box. Only recently, researchers have started to open the black box and disentangle the effects of different aspects of instant messaging as a popular form of smartphone-mediated communication.In the current project, we follow up on this by conducting two experimental studies where we will manipulate synchronicity (immediate or delayed interactions), modality (e.g., text or text with visual elements), and message valence (e.g., positive or negative). Furthermore, we will test what effect these features of smartphone-mediated communication and their interaction (e.g. a positive message combined with emoticons) have on subjective experience, in terms of emotional arousal, perceived social presence, interpersonal trust, and social provision. Both studies are laboratory experiments with young adults, aged 18 to 35, in Canton Ticino. Participants will engage in a one-to-one instant chat with a fictitious peer over a smartphone device, upon which self-report evaluations of the constructs of interest are collected. An innovative aspect of the current project is the use of psychophysiological correlates (heartrate and electrodermal activity) in addition to self-report evaluations. The combination of subjective and objective measures leads to a better understanding of personal experiences during smartphone-mediated communication. As such, the current project provides new valuable information, which can be used as a starting point for future research including experimental observations in natural settings, over time, paying more attention to smartphone addictive behaviors, and considering even younger age populations. Future research addressing these aspects can eventually shed light on how communication through digital mobile technologies influences human development.
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