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At the end of several of the focus groups, participants were asked to share with the group
what they thought were the best and worst things about having a cell phone. Several
responded to this question by noting the tension between the benefits of always being
connected with those around them and the downside of always being expected to be
available. As one boy put it, "The best thing is that it ’s so convenient and you can just
talk to people all the time, and like even if you ’re not at home, and like, the worst thing
is like, when people keep calling you …it just gets annoying." A high school girl echoed
his sentiments when she said, "It just keeps you connected and you can talk to other
people, but in return it also sometimes just gets annoying. People calling you …so kind of
a give and take." Such feelings, while common, were not universal. There were a very small number of
teens in the fo...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13