The presence of identity was assessed by coding whether or not a user provided basic identity information (age, sex, location) (e.g., 15/ohio/f ) about himself/herself.Utterances were coded as sexual (ANY HOT CHICKS WANNA CHAT PRESS 69) or Non-sexual (Wassup everybody?

Nicknames were coded for sexual explicitness and were coded as either non-sexual (e.g., Bratiegurl2) or sexual.

Sexualized nicknames were further coded as either sexually implicit (e.g., prettygirl) or sexually explicit (e.g., Sexy Dick Hed). Our sample contained over 12,000 utterances, 6702 from the monitored chat rooms and 5556 from the Unmonitored chat rooms.

Lastly, what is the relation between teen virtual worlds and “real” worlds?

Are teen participants leaving behind real lives when interacting online or do virtual worlds reflect themes that are traditionally adolescent ones?

We analyzed a total of 20 chat sessions, ten from the monitored and ten from the unmonitored service; each session was 30 minutes long and was recorded on weekday and weekends between 12-9 pm PST (for more details see Subrahmanyam, Smahel, & Greenfield, 2006).

All the utterances in our chat corpus were coded for the presence of the adolescent themes of identity, sexuality, and partner selection.

); sexual utterances were further coded as either implicitly sexual (eminem is hot ) vs. Lastly, we coded whether an utterance contained a partner request (Ladies If Ya Sexy Press 11 ).

Partner requests were further coded as either sexual (Ladies If Ya Sexy Press 11) or. All nicknames were coded for information about gender and sexualized identity.

Although we know that adolescents are spending considerable amounts of time on these applications, many questions remain.

Firstly, what are teens doing in communication forums such as chat rooms and blogs? Secondly, are these online communication activities fundamentally changing adolescent behavior or are they simply providing new venues for “traditional” adolescent behavior?

The chat studies were conducted to study the online construction of themes from adolescent life such as identity, sexuality, and partner selection (Subrahmanyam, Smahel, & Greenfield, 2006; Smahel & Subrahmanyam, 2006).