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The phone as a tool for combining online and offline social activity – teenagers’ phone access to an online community
Number of Authors: 2
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2012, 5. Vol. 4
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-24077OAI: diva2:1043156
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