Teens-and-Mobile-Phones (1)

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Unformatted text preview: see the mobile phone as a form of self -expression. Having a cell phone is a status symbol and having a particularly sought after model can enhance our standing among peers. 22 Finally, focusing directly on teens, there has been considerable research on the role of the cell phone as part of the emancipation process. 23 Up to this point, however, there has been little quantitative analysis of teens in the US on this topic. 24 Indeed this is one of the main questions considered in this report. Before the cell phone, there were often discussions in the home as to whether a teen could have a landline extension in her room. Teens ’ push to have their own landline phone underscored their drive to control contact with their peers. The rise of the cell phone has changed the dimensions of this discussion. The cell phone has provided teens with their own communication channel. This access can be used to plan and to organize daily life and it can be used to exchange jokes and endearments. It can also be used to plan mischief of varying caliber, and it can be used to exchange photos that are – literally – the picture of innocence or of depravity. The organization of the report This report is the fruit of a collaboration between the University of Michigan and the Pew Internet & American Life Project Pew Research Center ’s Internet...
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