Title: The use of chat by Greek students

Authors: Vasileios C. Tsarouchas, Anastasios A. Economides

Addresses: Departments of Economic Sciences and Information Systems, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. ' Departments of Economic Sciences and Information Systems, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: Greek students are familiar with chat and its features but they also expect new and more advanced features. Most of them use MSN every day for file transfer and communication with friends who live far from them. However, they are concerned about security and convenience of use. Their biggest worries are the pretension of other users and the fact that someone could possibly try to take advantage of them. Most of them select a chat-mate by his nickname and hide their personal data when they chat about erotic issues. Finally, most of them chat about sports, gossip and erotic issues.

Keywords: onine chat; Greece; internet usage; internet relationships; online communication; real time communication; synchronous communication; virtual life; virtual relationships.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMC.2008.018511

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.209 - 220

Available online: 26 May 2008 *

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