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Computer Mediated Communication: Patterns & Language Transformations
Investigating patterns of communication amongst Saudi youth: Focus on Implications for the Design of CMC Technologies

This project focuses on the usage of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and its impact on language transformation in the context of youth in Arabic-speaking populations, specifically in Saudi Arabia. In particular, this project examines:

- Patterns of CMC using BBM and Whatsapp captured in a qualitative diary study comprised of logs and reflection
- Gender and individual differences int he CMC patterns
- Factors contributing to the transformation of language in CMC communication (e.g. Arabizi)

The widespread adoption of BBM and Whatsapp by youth in Saudi Arabia has given rise to a new sub-culture in which patterns of communication, expectations of social communication exchanges, and language formality have changed. HCI research examining this sub-culture can expose opportunities for technology design and innovations in supporting the varying patterns of communication which consequently help support more effective technology utilization and innovative design to meet the expectation of a growing population known to have a high diffusion of technology usage.

Project Team Members:
Noura Alhakbani
Ebtisam Alabdulqader
Rana AlMurshad
Majdah Alshihry
Alaa Alothman

Project Coordinator: Dr. Areej Al-Wabil