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Lewis, Cynthia; Fabos, Bettina – Reading Research Quarterly, 2005
This study examined the functions of Instant Messaging (IM) among seven youths who regularly used this digital technology in their daily lives. Grounded in theories of literacy as a social and semiotic practice, this research asked what functions IM served in participants' lives and how their social identities shaped and were shaped by this form…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Social Networks, Young Adults, Computer Mediated Communication