Ephemeral Communication and Communication Places

What Influences College-Aged Negotiation of Instant Messaging Usage Within App Ecosystems?
  • Lauren Thomson
  • Adam J. LeeEmail author
  • Rosta Farzan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10766)


In this paper, we present the preliminary results from an interview study of ten undergraduate students on instant messaging applications. We focus on how participants used both features of the applications and perceived atmosphere to determine how to manage their social network across multiple applications. Using qualitative methods, we identified factors of intimacy, playfulness, and ephemerality to play a key role in influencing the choice of messaging application.


Community Placement Messaging Application Instant Messaging Decision Message Nouwen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing and InformationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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