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Unformatted text preview: who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Introduction: Why study mobile phones?
Introduction and background
Wireless communication has emerged as one of the fastest diffusing mediums on the
planet, fueling an emergent "mobile youth culture" 6 that speaks as much with thumbs
as it does with tongues. At one of our focus groups a teen boy gushed, "I have unlimited
texts . . . which is like the greatest invention of mankind." His enthusiasm was hardly
unique. Cell phone use and, in particular, the rise of texting has become a central part of
teens ’ lives. They are using their phones to stay in touch with friends and parents. They
are using them to share stories and photos. They are using them to entertain themselves
when they are bored. They are using them to micro -coordinate their schedules and face to -face gatherings. And some are using their phones to go online to browse, to
participate in social networks, and check their emails. This is the sunny side of the story.
Teens are also using mobile ph...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13