ERIC Number: EJ912402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
"The Only 13-Year-Old on Planet Earth without a Cell Phone": Meanings of Cell Phones in Early Adolescents' Everyday Lives
Blair, Bethany L.; Fletcher, Anne C.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v26 n2 p155-177 Mar 2011
Cellular telephones have become an increasingly prevalent feature of contemporary American life, with usage often beginning during early adolescence. With this in mind, twenty 7th graders and their mothers participated in separate qualitative interviews regarding early adolescents' use of cell phones as well as perceived risks and benefits of such use. Analyses indicated that early adolescents and their mothers imbued cell phones with a variety of psychological meanings. These meanings included cell phones as a source of connection to family and friends, cell phones as facilitators of adolescent autonomy development, and cell phones as sources of social status.These findings are discussed in relation to psychosocial developmental tasks occurring in early adolescence.
Descriptors: Social Status, Mothers, Early Adolescents, Telecommunications, Grade 7, Handheld Devices, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Risk, Psychology, Family Relationship, Peer Relationship, Personal Autonomy, Adolescent Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7
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