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Title: Trends, similarities, and differences in the usage of teen and senior public online newsgroups
Authors: Sarwar, Rifaht 
Zaphiris, Panayiotis 
Major Field of Science: Humanities
Keywords: Aging;Human-computer interaction;Online communities;Social network analysis
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Source: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 2006, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 403-422
Volume: 13
Issue: 3
Start page: 403
End page: 422
Journal: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 
Abstract: This article presents an analysis of the human to human interactions in two public online newsgroups, one targeting the young generation and the other the elderly. The main goal of this study was to establish a better understanding of similarities and differences in the ways of interacting among the participants of these two newsgroups. A series of analytical/statistical techniques, like Social Network Analysis (SNA), were used in order to get a better understanding of the online communities that have emerged around the participants of these two newsgroups. The SNA analysis showed that the teens newsgroup is more highly connected, has more messages sent and received and has a higher reciprocity. On the other hand, the senior newsgroup has more central dominant people who tend to make the rest of the network dependent on them for communication.
ISSN: 1073-0516
DOI: 10.1145/1183456.1183461
Rights: © ACM
Type: Article
Affiliation: City University London 
Affiliation : Centre for HCI Design, City University, EC1V 0HB, London, UK 
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