Computer mediated communication: An observation on gender in chat rooms

ÇUBUKÇU H. , Kutlu O.

Akdeniz Language Studies Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 2012, vol.70, pp.724-730 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 70
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.01.116
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.724-730


Throughout the last decades, along with the breath-taking developments in computer technology, a new genre was coined into our lexicon: Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). This new genre has not only created its own language in synchronous chat rooms but also effected changes in people's conceptions and attitudes in many ways. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to search for the attitudes towards gender in chat rooms. The study also aims to enlighten the impact of gender on linguistic choices of people while chatting. The results have revealed that, CMC also imposes some restriction on the communicative attitudes of the participants in some ways similar to FtF (Face to Face) communication and also when turn taking strategies are considered. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of ALSC 2012