Mobile Phone Harassment : An Exploration of Student's Perceptions of Intrusive Texting Behavior

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Show simple item record Short, Emma McMurray, Isabella 2010-01-13T12:14:28Z 2010-01-13T12:14:28Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Short, E. & McMurray, I. (2009). Mobile Phone Harassment: An Exploration of Students’ Perceptions of Intrusive Texting Behavior. Human Technology, Volume 5 (2), pp. 163-180. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200911234469. Retrieved from
dc.identifier.issn 1795-6889
dc.description.abstract Limited research has explored the link between mobile phone use and harassment behaviors. This paper details the findings from a preliminary study that examined perceptions of unwanted communication, with one focus group (7 participants) and two vignettes presented to 145 students. The vignette participants were asked to respond to hypothetical questions about continued and unwanted contact being maintained as if they were both a sender and recipient of the contact and if they had actually been harassed. Response options allowed for intended behavior to be measured against generally agreed thresholds of duration and frequency used to identify harassment. Findings indicated that harassment by text is more prevalent than other forms of off-line stalking and, despite recipients reporting being distressed, there was still a higher level of acceptance of this form of harassment than other forms. Furthermore, responses to text harassment were associated with a high frequency of behaviors perceived as not actively discouraging further texts, therefore having the effect of prolonging unwanted contact. These results are discussed in relation to intervention strategies and future research.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.rights © 2009 Emma Short and Isabella McMurray, and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä.
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dc.title Mobile Phone Harassment : An Exploration of Student's Perceptions of Intrusive Texting Behavior
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200911234469

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