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Tweets could anyways reveal a lot about any individual’s human behaviour as the expressions are bound within the 140 characters limit. In the same frame of light, a recent research study reveals that the tweets from mobile phone devices are more likely to make use of egocentric language with those 140 characters limit.


A new research study recently conducted by researchers Dhiraj Murthy (Goldsmiths, University of London), Sawyer Bowman (Bowdoin College), Alexander J. Gross (University of Maine), and Marisa McGarry (University of Maine)—who published their findings in the Journal of Communication revealed that if any user is tweeting from a mobile phone device instead of  a desktop, then he/she is more likely to use egocentric language within those 140 characters.



“Very little work has been done comparing how our social media activities vary from mobile to non-mobile. And as we increasingly use social media from mobile devices, the context in which one uses social media is a critical object of study,” said Murthy in a 1 October statement.

Additionally, Murthy stated that “Our work is transformative in this understudied field as we found that not all tweets are the same and the source of tweets does influence tweeting patterns, like how we are more likely to tweet with negative language from mobile devices than from web-based ones.”

The number of mobile-Internet users in India is projected to double and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from 159 million users at present, according to a 6 August report by lobby group Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and consultancy firm KPMG.


“It’s the largest dataset of its kind for this type of research,” said Dained Preotiuc-Pietro, a post-doctoral researcher in Penn’s Positive Psychology Center in the School of Arts and Sciences, who led the research. “The dataset enabled us to do something no one has really done before,” he added in a 29 September press statement.

Further, researchers from the Queen Mary University of London studied nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users to reveal that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like me while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented us. The study was published in the journal Plos One, according to a 16 September statement.

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