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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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