Nubile women more expressive in texting messages than men

February 11th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) Eligible women were found to be more expressive than men in texting messages, thanks to technology.Indiana University (IU) researchers found that when men and women exchange text message in a public, interactive dating market, it is the women who use more non-standard, expressive language techniques.

Susan Herring and Asta Zelenkauskaite show that while men historically talk more in public settings, when the exchanges occur via text messaging in a public venue — in this case, Italy’s interactive channel Allmusic, it is the women who push their messages closest to the character-count limit, who use more abbreviations and insertions.

“The messages are very flirtatious and have nothing to do with the television show,” said Herring, a professor at the IU School of Library and Information Science.

“In the linguistic marketplace there have always been different values associated with standard and non-standard language, and here we have found results that are paradoxical, that are the opposite of the recognised socio-linguistic gender patterns,”

“Women have historically used standard language when they are social aspirers, or want to be perceived as above their station,” Herring said. “Men talk more; women are more polite.”

But that historical footnote falls apart under the influence of computer-mediated communication such as short message services (SMS) and text messaging, the researchers found, after looking at 1,164 gender-defined messages posted on-screen during the real-time Italian music video programme, said an IU release.

The report appeared in the quarterly Written Communication.

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