The gift of the gab?: A design oriented sociology of young people's use of mobiles

Alex Taylor, Richard Harper

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This paper reports ethnographically informed observations of the use of mobile phones and text messaging services amongst young people. It offers a sociological explanation for the popularity of text messaging and for the sharing of mobile phones between co-proximate persons. Specifically, it reveals that young people use mobile phone content and the phones themselves to participate in the practices of gift exchange. By viewing mobile phone use in this way, the paper suggests a number of possibilities for future phone-based applications and supporting hardware.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-296
JournalComputer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003

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