In a Serious Relationship with my Cell Phone: A Study of Different Perspectives on Mobile Phone Use and Services
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Multiple studies have been conducted on mobile phone use and how, why, how much, and in what ways are individuals using them. However, this study discovers how mobile phones are changing the way an individual thinks, feels, relates, and then acts in regards to their cell phone. Cell phones were used with the intent to close the physical gap between people and improve long-distance relationships. Yet, this may not be the primary outcome for most mobile phone users. Instead, a relationship is being built between a user and their cell phone. The book Networked by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman states 84% of mobile phone owners go to bed with the cell phone close by so as not to miss messages or calls and 10% “can’t live” without it. By conducting my own one-on-one interviews I want to provide evidence that users feel a connection with their cell phone. When questioned about these feelings, what language and metaphors keep recurring? Then, using these findings I discuss the implications of this relationship. What does this serious relationship mean for an individual’s actions?