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Online Submission, International Journal of Research--Granthaalaya v4 n7 p32-39 Jul 2016

Mobile connectivity is the order of the day. Personas irrespective of their socio-economic status possess mobile device either basic or advanced android or windows or IOS. The chat applications have become popular with younger generation. It has started trickling down to children below the age of eighteen. The behaviour has influenced the aged also. The mobile chat applications have no barriers with regard to age group, nativity, social status and economic status. The increasing dominance of these mobile chat applications need to be studied. It has been eating away our young people's time and mind. The recent election in Tamil Nadu is the best example. Parties have used these chat applications to make their comments, appeals, abuses and pleas. Wherever we go it is obvious that the students sit with mobile apps ignoring the presence of others. It has become the natural quest of everyone who is penchant in doing research to take up a study on this behaviour. Hence, the investigators have taken up this study to find out arts and science college students mobile chatting behaviour like use of chat applications, time of chatting and chatting with the people associated with them. The study has used simple random sampling technique of 300 arts and science college students of Chennai area. The findings of the study reveal that there are four chat applications namely WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Hang out occupying first, second, third and fourth places respectively among arts and science college students.

Descriptors: College Students, Computer Mediated Communication, Handheld Devices, Social Media, Time Perspective, Student Behavior, Social Behavior, Rating Scales, Hypothesis Testing, Interpersonal Communication, Foreign Countries

Autor: Ramakrishnan, N.; Priya, J. Johnsi


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