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ERIC Number: EJ927924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0360-3989
Mobile Communication and Civil Society: Linking Patterns and Places of Use to Engagement with Others in Public
Campbell, Scott W.; Kwak, Nojin
Human Communication Research, v37 n2 p207-222 Apr 2011
This study examined whether and how mobile communication influences the extent to which one engages with new people in public settings. Contrary to our expectation, general use of the technology in public did not detract from conversing with strangers. Shifting focus from "where" one uses the mobile phone to "how" it is used, we found that uses for coordination and news each lead to increased conversations with strangers in public settings, while relational use detracted from them. The findings also reveal an interactive effect such that those who use mobile technology for news "and" frequently use it in public were more likely to engage with strangers in public. The discussion offers interpretation of the findings and directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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