Acronyms and Social Media Use.

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Authors: Taylor, J. and Playfoot, D.

Start date: 19 September 2013

This presentation reports the findings of an online study investigating the link between social networking use and acronym understanding. Participants completed an online questionnaire about their experience and use of various technologies (such as social networking) and whether they used abbreviations in their communication, for example, acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud), TTFN (Ta Ta For Now) etc. They were then asked to translate the meaning of 60 acronyms. Half of the acronyms were related to technology and the other half unrelated and they were matched for frequency, imageability and age of acquisition. Analysis of the data is ongoing but initial analyses has revealed that there are interesting differences between perceptions of self and other’s use of acronyms in texts. The data has been collected longitudinally and changes over the year of collection are being explored, to see if changes in understanding of acronyms is linked to the rise in the use of Twitter and other social media.

This source preferred by Jacqui Taylor

Authors: Taylor, J. and Playfoot, D.

Start date: 19 September 2013

This presentation reports the findings of an online study investigating the link between social networking use and acronym understanding. Participants completed an online questionnaire about their experience and use of various technologies (such as social networking) and whether they used abbreviations in their communication, for example, acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud), TTFN (Ta Ta For Now) etc. They were then asked to translate the meaning of 60 acronyms. Half of the acronyms were related to technology and the other half unrelated and they were matched for frequency, imageability and age of acquisition. Analysis of the data is ongoing but initial analyses has revealed that there are interesting differences between perceptions of self and other’s use of acronyms in texts. The data has been collected longitudinally and changes over the year of collection are being explored, to see if changes in understanding of acronyms is linked to the rise in the use of Twitter and other social media.

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