Age-old practices in the 'New World': A study of gift-giving between teenage mobile phone users

Alex S. Taylor*, Richard Harper

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In this paper, we present an overview of the data collected from an ethnographic study of teenagers and their use of mobile phones. Through the data, we suggest that teenagers use their phones to participate in social practices that closely resemble forms of ritualised gift-giving. Such practices, we claim, shape the way teenagers understand and thus use their phones. We go onto show that this insight into everyday, phone-mediated activities has practical implications for mobile phone design. Using an example, we describe how teenagers' gift-giving practices can inform design, providing an initial means to conceptualise future emerging technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '02: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages439-446
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print) 1581134533
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2002
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2002 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 20 Apr 200225 Apr 2002

Conference

ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2002
Abbreviated titleCHI'02
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period20/04/0225/04/02

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cell phones
  • Ethnography
  • Gift-giving
  • Mobile phones
  • SMS
  • Teenagers
  • Text messaging

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