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The phone as a tool for combining online and offline social activity – teenagers’ phone access to an online community

Nylander, Stina and Larshammar, Malin (2012) The phone as a tool for combining online and offline social activity – teenagers’ phone access to an online community. International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction, 4 (4).

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Abstract

We have analyzed two months of log data and 100 surveys on the phone use of a Swedish online community for teenagers to investigate the mobile use of an established online service. This shows that the phone use mostly takes place during times of the day when teenagers have social time and the use is not influenced by the availability of a computer. The phone makes the community access more private compared to the computer, but teens do share the use when they want to. The cell phone bridges the online and offline social communities and allows teens to participate in both at the same time. The online community is not only a place for social activity online, it is also a social activity offline that is carried out face-to-face with friends. The cell phone thus was a tool for the teens to combine their participation in the online and the offline world.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:5330
Deposited By:Stina Nylander
Deposited On:18 Dec 2012 13:18
Last Modified:18 Dec 2012 13:18

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