Mobile Phone Culture: The Impacts of Mobile Phone Use

Mobile Phone Culture: The Impacts of Mobile Phone Use

Seung-Hyun Lee (University of North Carolina – Greensboro, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch055
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Abstract

From being a simple communication technology to a key social tool, the mobile phone has become such an important aspect of people's everyday life. Mobile phones have altered the way people live, communicate, interact, and connect with others. Mobile phones are also transforming how people access and use information and media. Given the rapid pervasiveness of mobile phones in society across the world, it is important to explore how mobile phones have affected the way people communicate and interact with others, access the information, and use media, and their daily lifestyle. This article aims to explore the social and cultural implications that have come with the ubiquity, unprecedented connectivity, and advances of mobile phones. This article also focuses on the discussion about people's dependence on, attachment and addiction to mobile phones, social problems that mobile phones generate, and how people value mobile phone use.
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Introduction

The development and convergence of mobile technologies have led to the wide and rapid diffusion and use of mobile phones. From a simple communication technology to a key social tool, mobile phones have become a crucial part of people’s everyday lives. The mobile phone has altered the way people live, communicate, interact, and connect with others. It is also transforming how people access and use information and media. Mobile phones have become the most rapidly adopted technology throughout history. Given the rapid pervasiveness of mobile phones in society across the world, it is crucial to explore important aspects of mobile phone use and their impacts on users, cultures, communications, interactions, and society. This chapter aims to explore the social and cultural implications of mobile phone propagation, given the ubiquity, unprecedented connectivity, and advancement of mobile phones. The chapter also focuses on a discussion about people’s dependence upon, attachment and addiction to mobile phones, social issues generated by mobile phones, and how people value mobile phone use. The chapter begins with a brief overview of the historical and technological development of mobile phones before exploring the implications of the mobile revolution, followed by mobile phone use and mobile culture. The key concepts include mobile phone culture, which means the culture created by mobile phone use, and mobile phone addiction, which refers to heavy dependence on mobile phone use and constant check on mobile phones.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Impatience: A lack of patience in mobile phone use.

Mobile Phone Use: Frequency of and time spent on mobile phone use and various activities on mobile phones.

Mobile Phone Culture: Culture created by mobile phone use.

Distraction: The constant use of mobile phones makes it difficult to pay attention.

Mobile Phone Addiction: Heavy dependence on mobile phone use and constant check on mobile phones.

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