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'IM Me': Instant Messaging as Relational Maintenance and Everyday Communication
Unformatted Document Text:  Instant Messaging, Page 41 Best friends 7.54 (1.21) 5.87 (1.71) .51 (.70) 2.21 (.60) Romantic relationship 6.98 (1.24) 6.08 (1.45) .81 (.75) 1.81 (.51) Family relationship 7.29 (1.40) 5.47 (.76) .36 (.29) 2.16 (.70) Communication format Instant messaging 7.16 (1.20) 5.55 (1.51) .46 (.65) 2.00 (.56) Face-to-face 7.08 (1.36) 5.84 (1.75) .55 (.62) 2.43 (.74) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Note: Measures of Communication Quality and Value used a 9-point scale, Change used a 7- point scale, ranging from –3 to +3, and Control used a 5-point scale. Subscript indicates descriptive information based only on IM group (n = 232). Table 5 Means and (Standard Deviations) Associated with Measures of Everyday Communication by Respondent and Partner Gender for Instant Messaging Group (n = 232). ______________________________________________________________________________ Respondent Gender Quality Value Change Control ______________________________________________________________________________ Male Male partner 7.16 (1.34) 4.81 (.93) .20 (.62) 2.33 (.59) Female partner 6.81 (1.15) 5.08 (1.52) .65 (.61) 1.79 (.43) Female Male partner 7.18 (1.21) 6.15 (1.43) .66 (.64) 2.05 (.62) Female partner 7.60 (1.04) 5.56 (1.53) .45 (.52) 2.01 (.52) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Note: Measures of Communication Quality and Value used a 9-point scale, Change used a 7- point scale, ranging from –3 to +3, and Control used a 5-point scale.

Authors: Ramirez, Artemio. and Broneck, Kathy.
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Instant Messaging, Page 41
Best
friends 7.54
(1.21)
5.87
(1.71)
.51
(.70) 2.21
(.60)
Romantic
relationship
6.98
(1.24)
6.08
(1.45)
.81
(.75) 1.81
(.51)
Family
relationship 7.29
(1.40)
5.47
(.76)
.36
(.29) 2.16
(.70)
Communication format
Instant
messaging
7.16
(1.20)
5.55
(1.51)
.46
(.65) 2.00
(.56)
Face-to-face
7.08
(1.36)
5.84
(1.75)
.55
(.62) 2.43
(.74)
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Note: Measures of Communication Quality and Value used a 9-point scale, Change used a 7-
point scale, ranging from –3 to +3, and Control used a 5-point scale. Subscript indicates
descriptive information based only on IM group (n = 232).
Table 5
Means and (Standard Deviations) Associated with Measures of Everyday Communication by
Respondent and Partner Gender for Instant Messaging Group (n = 232).
______________________________________________________________________________
Respondent
Gender Quality Value
Change Control
______________________________________________________________________________
Male
Male
partner
7.16
(1.34)
4.81
(.93)
.20
(.62) 2.33
(.59)
Female
partner 6.81
(1.15)
5.08
(1.52)
.65
(.61) 1.79
(.43)
Female
Male
partner
7.18
(1.21)
6.15
(1.43)
.66
(.64) 2.05
(.62)
Female
partner 7.60
(1.04)
5.56
(1.53)
.45
(.52) 2.01
(.52)
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Note: Measures of Communication Quality and Value used a 9-point scale, Change used a 7-
point scale, ranging from –3 to +3, and Control used a 5-point scale.


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