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Sender Often Focus of Mobile Tweets Study Says

Social media posts from stationary devices appear less egocentric

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to be focused on themselves when they tweet from mobile devices than from other sources, a new study suggests.

Researchers gathered 235 million tweets sent over six weeks and analyzed the frequency and ratio of words typically associated with certain social and behavioral characteristics.

The results showed that mobile tweets were more egocentric than those made from non-mobile devices.

The study was published Oct. 1 in the Journal of Communication.

"Very little work has been done comparing how our social media activities vary from mobile to non-mobile. And as we increasingly use social media from mobile devices, the context in which one uses social media is a critical object of study," Dhiraj Murthy of the University of London, England, said in a journal news release.

"Our work is transformative in this understudied field as we found that not all tweets are the same and the source of tweets does influence tweeting patterns, like how we are more likely to tweet with negative language from mobile devices than from web-based ones," Murthy explained.

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SOURCE: Journal of Communication, news release, Oct. 1, 2015
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