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What is Interpersonal Interaction

Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
Various interactions among different individuals.
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Rich Ling: An Intellectual Auto-Biography
Rich Ling (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch037
I have been privileged to observe the diffusion of mobile communication into society, first from the perch of a researcher at Telenor Research and subsequently as a university professor. Mobile communication is the most wide-spread mediation technology in the world. The trajectory of the research, both mine and that of my colleagues, has often been first descriptive studies followed by more theoretically driven studies. This cycle was evident with the original adoption of the mobile phone and we are seeing it again with the adoption of the smartphone/mobile internet. New areas of research include the transition from interpersonal interaction to the mobile internet, the analysis of big data and the use of mobile communication for social good.
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