Children’s Interactions in an Asynchronous Video Mediated Communication Environment

  • Michail N. Giannakos
  • Konstantinos Chorianopoulos
  • Paul Johns
  • Kori Inkpen
  • Honglu Du
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6946)

Abstract

Video-mediated communication (VMC) has become a feasible way to connect people in remote places for work and play. Nevertheless, little research has been done with regard to children and VMC. In this paper, we explore the behavior of a group of children, who exchanged video messages in an informal context. In particular, we have analyzed 386 videos over a period of 11 weeks, which were exchanged by 30 students of 4th and 5th grade from USA and Greece. We found that the number of views and the duration of a video message significantly depend on the gender of the viewer and creator. Most notably, girls created more messages, but boys viewed their own messages more. Finally, there are video messages with numerous views, which indicates that some videos have content qualities beyond the communication message itself. Overall, the practical implications of these findings indicate that the developers of asynchronous VMC should consider functionalities for preserving some of the video messages.

Keywords

Asynchronous Video-Mediated Communication Children Thread Gender 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michail N. Giannakos
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Chorianopoulos
    • 1
  • Paul Johns
    • 2
  • Kori Inkpen
    • 2
  • Honglu Du
    • 3
  1. 1.Ionian UniversityCorfuGreece
  2. 2.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA
  3. 3.Penn State UniversityUSA

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