Locating the missing links of mobile communication in Japan: Sociocultural influences on usage by children and the elderly.

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(from the chapter) Enthusiasts of mobile communication technology promise borderless, flexible, and ubiquitous contacts--real-time, round-the-clock, and anywhere, making geospatial conditions all but irrelevant. Yet, studies of mobile communication seem to underscore the importance of spatial and temporal dimensions, showing that physical location and social position in real life remain paramount. For Japan, Ito, Okabe, and Matsuda (2005) find the mobile phone is used for intensive territorial-bound social networking, and Kamibeppu and Sugiura (2005), Miyaki (2005), and Okada (2005) note the mobile phone's role in friendship-building among colocated students. This chapter continues a line of findings for Japan that emphasizes sociospatial relevance of mobile communication. It especially considers the elderly and children in the need for socially and geospatially fixed anchors despite the "mobile" in mobile communication. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • *Cellular Phones
  • *Communications Media
  • *Sociocultural Factors
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Technology

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