Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 5–6, pp 348–360 | Cite as

Communication Using Camera Phones Among Young Men and Women: Who Sends What to Whom?

  • Ann Colley
  • Zazie Todd
  • Adrian White
  • Tamara Turner-Moore
Original Article


This study examined whether the gender of the sender and recipient would influence camera phone usage. 180 college and university students from the Midlands and North of England provided information on communication with friends and family, and on personal importance of image uses. A sub-sample of 130 provided further data on likelihood of sending different kinds of image and the content of recent images sent and received. Many gender similarities were found, together with evidence of the use of images to support heterosexual relationships. However, the results showed greater use of images of significant individuals by the women than among their male counterparts, among all-female dyads and to communicate with female recipients. Overall the results suggest that women use images more than men for relationship maintenance.


Gender Communication Relationships Mobile phones 



This research was undertaken with assistance from small grant SG 42121 from the British Academy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Colley
    • 1
  • Zazie Todd
    • 2
  • Adrian White
    • 1
  • Tamara Turner-Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Institute of Psychological SciencesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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