Unformatted text preview: -17 year -olds agreed with the statement. Teens in our focus groups repeatedly cited this benefit of cell phones, a high school boy
going so far as to say, "If you didn ’t have texting or AIM, I wouldn ’t know how to make
plans." Others noted that when planning a get together with many people, texting
allows them to communicate plans to the entire group all at once, whereas phoning
each person individually or even doing group calls is cumbersome and time -consuming.
It is clear that as the number of people to be included increases, this iterative planning
becomes more difficult. However, for smaller groups of individuals, planning and
coordinating via the cell phone is a boon. In general, focus group participants extolled these social benefits of cell phones, and
described them as central to their social planning and activity. Many felt that without
cell phones, their social lives would be quite different. A typical comment from one
younger high school boy: l I think if you have a cell phone, it adds to you being able to, like, actually hang out
with people because you can find out, ‘O...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones