Time Apart: Exploring the Use of Video Calling by Military Families
Copelin, Candice L
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The purpose of this study is to explore the phenomena of video calling (e.g. FaceTime or Skype) and investigate whether or not it has changed the way military families and friends communicate interpersonally. The reason this study is important is because of the rise in people of all ages using video calling for conversations with family members and friends when distance is an issue and they cannot meet face to face. This study will look at why military families are using video calling instead of the traditional voice phone calls or writing letters and e-mails, as well as how relationships have been impacted by the simple act of seeing a loved one’s face as they talk about everyday issues and special topics while apart. The goal of this study is to investigate if video calling is preferred by military families, why it is preferred, and when it is utilized the most.