Cell Phones in Context
This chapter discusses mobile phones, also known as cell phones to highlight their portability, and their impact on language and social interaction. Mobile phones are used either to make voice calls or for text messaging, for emergency purposes or filling dead time while waiting for a bus. This chapter looks at how usage patterns differ across age or gender. Another issue concerns social dynamics: How are young people emancipated from direct adult supervision by having access to personal communication devices? Does a mobile phone make a social statement about the user through its faceplate, decorative strap, ring tones, or where it is placed when he or she sits down to lunch with friends? Under what circumstances is it appropriate to answer a ringing phone in public or place a call while riding on a commuter train? This chapter also examines the influence of culture on the use of mobile phones, focusing on Japan and the United States. Text messaging is also compared with instant messaging.
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