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Unformatted text preview: meetings as a situation clarifies itself. Micro -coordination can
be used to organize get -togethers and it can be used to sort out the logistics of daily life
(e.g. sending reminders to one another or exchanging information on the fly).
Extending this concept further, the cell phone can be used to coordinate so called "flash
mobs" as well as different kinds of protests. 18 While micro -coordination describes an instrumental type of interaction, another line of
research has examined how the cell phone can be used for expressive interaction. Since
the device provides us direct access to one another, it allows us to maintain ongoing
interaction with family and friends. 19 This, in turn provides the basis for the
enhancement of social cohesion. 20 In this vein, some researchers have examined how
the cell phone affects our sense of safety and security. 21 The cell phone can be used to
summon help when accidents have happened and they can be seen as a type of
insurance in case something bad occurs. Others have examined how teens, as well as
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13