Mobile Communication in the Age of Smartphones: Large Processes of Domestication and Re-domestication

Troels Fibæk Bertel

    Publikation: Bog / Antologi / Rapport / Ph.D.-afhandlingPh.d.-afhandling


    Recent years have seen great changes to the landscape of mobile communication in Denmark where smartphones have become widespread and the mediascape in general has become increasingly complex as the lines of demarcation among different media have blurred. This dissertation studies the processes of domestication and re-domestication of mobile communication among youth in Denmark in this increasingly complex mediascape. Through five research publications it examines various aspects of mobile communication during a period of transition from an old regime of mobile phones into a new regime of smartphones.

    The first article, "The Socio-demographics of Texting: An Analysis of Traffic Data" (co-written with Rich Ling And Pål Roe Sundsøy), based on traffic data examines patterns of texting among a universal sample of mobile subscribers to a large Scandinavian operator in 2007, asking: "who texts and with whom do they text?". This article represents a time in the history of mobile communication when SMS texting was at its peak, just prior to the changes that would characterize the mobile mediascape in the years to follow.

    The Second article, "From SMS to SNS - The Use of the Internet on the Mobile Phone Among Young Danes" (co-written with Gitte Stald and omitted from this compilation due to copyright restrictions), is based on qualitative survey data from a sample of university students collected in the spring of 2011 and explores the contours of the emergent smartphone phenomenon and the motivations young Danes have for using or not using the internet on the mobile phone.
    The third article, "It is Like I Trust It So Much That I Do not Really Check Where It Is I am Going Before I leave - Informational Uses of Smartphones Among Danish Youth", like the fourth and fifth articles, is based on qualitative interviews with 31 young Danish high school students. It examines the use of smartphones among these young Danes for accessing and keeping updated with online information as well as the social consequences of having persistent individualized access to information.

    The fourth article, "Why Would You Want to Know? - The Reluctant Use of Mobile Location Sharing Among Danish Youth", examines young Danes use (and non-use) of mobile location sharing on Facebook, the most prominent example of a location-sharing service in Denmark.

    The fifth article, "It is Just Not That Exciting Anymore' - The Changing Centrality of SMS in the Everyday Lives of Young Danes" (co-written with Rich Ling), within the context of this dissertation can be thought of as a companion-piece to the first article. It examines the changing centrality of SMS texting in the communication repertoires of young Danes in the light of recent media developments, particularly the widespread adoption of Facebook and smartphones.
    Antal sider158
    ISBN (Trykt)978-87-7949-295-0
    StatusUdgivet - 2013


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