The Role of Age in Jordanian Facebook Status Updates
This study investigates the role of age in the choice of proper speech acts related to Facebook status updates by some Jordanian users. The paper first classifies the dataset (200 Facebook status updates) into categories according to their communicative functions before classifying them according to Searle's (1969) speech act taxonomy. The study finds that the Religious category is the most frequent status update used among users whose ages are 18 to 35, while gratitude is the least category that is used among them. Also, Greetings is the most frequent category that is used among users whose ages are 36 and more, while Funny and comical are the least frequent category among them. Concerning the classification of status updates according to Searle's speech act taxonomy, the study finds that expressives taxonomy is the most frequent one that is used among individuals whose ages are 18 to 35 while the commissives taxonomy is the least used one. For users whose ages are 36 and above, the expressives taxonomy is the most frequent one while the directives taxonomy is the least frequent one among status updates.