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Unformatted text preview: cause it would sever the connectivity parents have come to rely on. In the
words of a high school boy "[My parents] always needed us, they always needed me to
have it, more than I needed to have it. Like, my mom always needed to reach me, so she
would never take away the phone as punishment, because it was more useful for me to
have it than for her to take it away." Changing plans on the fly – a major boon.
One of the major changes that mobile phones have introduced to the social world is that
they allow people to coordinate their schedules and meeting places and then micro coordinate a rendezvous. The cell phone gives teens (and others) the ability to call
directly to one another and iteratively work out the time and the location of their
meeting. Having a cell phone means that they are not stuck sitting at home waiting for
the phone to ring as they plan their social lives. Rather, they can be en route to a
location and, if better alternatives arise, they can adjust their plans as needed. This
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13