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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Erin
dc.contributor.authorBrinker, Jay K
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-21T01:16:19Z
dc.date.available2017-02-21T01:16:19Z
dc.identifier.citationWalsh, E., & Brinker, J. K. Short and sweet? Length and informative content of open-ended responses using SMS as a research mode, 2016 Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication. 21(1), 87-100. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12146
dc.identifier.issn1083-6101
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/112486
dc.description.abstractShort 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 multiple-choice self-report risk taking questionnaire on paper. While SMS response lengths were statistically significantly shorter than those yielded in other modes, they did not contain less information.
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dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2016 International Communication Association. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1083-6101/..."author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 21/02/17).This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Walsh, E. and Brinker, J. K. (2016), Short and Sweet? Length and Informative Content of Open-Ended Responses Using SMS as a Research Mode. J Comput-Mediat Comm, 21: 87–100. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12146, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcc4.12146. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
dc.sourceJournal of Computer‐Mediated Communication
dc.subjectresearch methods
dc.subjecttext message
dc.subjectlanguage
dc.titleShort and sweet? Length and informative content of open-ended responses using SMS as a research mode
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-07-09
dc.date.issued2016-01-13
local.publisher.urlhttp://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/index.html
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationWalsh, E., Research School of Psychology, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1083-6101
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage87
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage100
local.identifier.doi10.1111/jcc4.12146
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