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Short and sweet? Length and informative content of open-ended responses using SMS as a research mode

Walsh, Erin; Brinker, Jay K


Short Message Service (SMS) is one of the most widely used data services worldwide. This paper examines the assumption that the 160 character limit would force brief and thus comparatively uninformative responses in psychological research compared to other data collection modes. In laboratory classes, 463 psychology undergraduate students were randomly assigned to complete a two-item questionnaire by SMS, email, online survey, or paper survey. Two weeks later, participants completed a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-01-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication
DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12146
Access Rights: Open Access


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