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Journal Cover   Mobile Media & Communication
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   ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [821 journals]
  • The phantom in my pocket: Determinants of phantom phone sensations
    • Authors: Sauer, V. J; Eimler, S. C, Maafi, S, Pietrek, M, Kramer, N. C.
      Pages: 293 - 316
      Abstract: This study investigated the prevalence and antecedents of the so-called phantom phone sensations (PPS) phenomenon – the false perception that one’s cell phone is ringing, vibrating, or blinking. While previous studies have already addressed the impact of personality traits and cell phone usage patterns on the likelihood of experiencing phantom phone sensations, we were interested in additionally addressing the impact of situational context factors. An online questionnaire assessed especially cell phone usage patterns (e.g., frequency of cell phone usage), personality traits (e.g., Big Five, need for popularity), and contextual factors (e.g., awaiting a call, being in a noisy environment). Analyses (N = 249; 137 female) revealed that the majority of participants (83.5%) have experienced phantom phone sensations. Multivariate analysis methods indicated that, in particular, contextual factors regarding the social situation (awaiting a call) along with cell phone usage patterns are predictive for the experience of phantom phone sensations. Moreover, age was also found to have a high predictive value.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914562656
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • The amplification effect of mobile phones on female-owned microenterprises
    • Authors: Chew, H. E; Ilavarasan, P. V, Levy, M. R.
      Pages: 317 - 334
      Abstract: Based on a survey of urban female-owned microentrepreneurs in Chennai, India, we contend that access to mobile phones is a necessary but not sufficient condition for achieving certain development goals. Through the analysis of a survey completed by 335 female microentrepreneurs who owned mobile phones, we explicate an innovative concept, entrepreneurial expectations, and explore its linkage with mobile phones and microenterprise growth. We found that among microentrepreneurs with high entrepreneurial expectations (14% of the sample), business use of mobile phones amplified the impact of entrepreneurial expectations and was associated with greater microenterprise growth.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914564237
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Smartphone log data in a qualitative perspective
    • Authors: Ormen, J; Thorhauge, A. M.
      Pages: 335 - 350
      Abstract: Log data from smartphones have primarily been used in large-scale research designs to draw statistical inferences from hundreds or even thousands of participants. In this article, we argue that more qualitatively oriented designs can also benefit greatly from integrating these rich data sources into studies of smartphones in everyday life. Through an illustrative study, we explore a more nuanced perspective on what can be considered "log data" and how these types of data can be collected and analysed. A qualitative approach to log data analysis offers researchers new opportunities to situate smartphone use within people’s practices, norms, and routines. This is of relevance both to studies focusing on smartphones as cultural objects in everyday life and studies that use such devices as proxies for social behaviour more generally. We argue that log data, for instance in in-depth interviews, may serve as cues to instigate discussion and reflection as well as act as resources for contextualizing and organizing related empirical material. In the discussion, the advantages of a qualitative perspective for research designs are assessed in relation to issues of validity. Further perspectives on the promises of log data from various devices are proposed.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914565845
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Record and remember: Memory and meaning-making practices through mobile
    • Authors: Ozkul, D; Humphreys, L.
      Pages: 351 - 365
      Abstract: Mobile media have the potential to affect how one remembers and exercises the past as they offer new and creative ways to record and document the current. These new ways of preserving the past could be in the form of sharing locational information (e.g., geotagging, camera phone photos, check-ins), which would remind our future selves where we come from and how we used to be. We sometimes consciously create our everyday life narratives intending to hang onto a moment, or simply because the technology automatically saves our experiences, we unconsciously preserve our pasts. Mobile media can contribute to the existing ways of narrating places and the self because locational information can communicate multiple and different aspects of places. Situating our analysis within the broader literature on memory and media, we draw on three different studies conducted in the UK and the US in order to analyze different uses of mobile media in remembering associations with places, past experiences, and creating a nostalgic sense of place. More specifically we draw on notions of memory work and mediated memories to explore the mutual shaping of media, place, and memory.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914565846
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Experiencing interactive voice response (IVR) as a participatory medium:
           The case of CGNet Swara in India
    • Authors: Mudliar, P; Donner, J.
      Pages: 366 - 382
      Abstract: With the widespread use of mobile phones in the developing world, interactive voice response (IVR) systems are increasingly accessible to people with low literacy and/or limited financial resources. Interest in using IVR systems as a means to increase citizen participation in society has increased. Yet, research exploring the potential of IVRs—with particular affordances, constraints, and norms—to facilitate citizen participation in society remains limited. Drawing on field data gathered as part of a study of CGNet Swara, an IVR-based citizen journalism platform in rural India, we introduce the concept of a "participatory IVR" and undertake a phenomenological inquiry to account for user interactions with the system.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915571591
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Automaticity, mindfulness, and self-control as predictors of dangerous
           texting behavior
    • Authors: Panek, E. T; Bayer, J. B, Dal Cin, S, Campbell, S. W.
      Pages: 383 - 400
      Abstract: The problems of distracted driving and distracted pedestrian accidents have attracted the attention of public health officials, transportation and psychology researchers, and communication scholars. Though public safety campaigns intended to curb dangerous texting behaviors have been implemented, relatively little is known about the psychological processes involved in these behaviors. Our study integrates emerging research on automatic behavior, self-control, and mindfulness in an attempt to explain why many individuals believe that such behavior is dangerous but engage in it anyway. Our survey study (N = 925) of college students (n = 313) and adults (n = 612) revealed that texting automaticity, trait self-control, and the "acting with awareness" facet of trait mindfulness were all uniquely predictive of texting while driving as well as texting while walking. Further, we observe that texting automaticity is more strongly related to the frequency of texting while walking than driving. Together, the findings synthesize disparate strands of research on cognition and media use and demonstrate the importance of distinguishing among types of consciousness to understanding mobile communication behavior.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915576046
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Divide and diffuse: Comparing digital divide and diffusion of innovations
           perspectives on mobile phone adoption
    • Authors: Rice, R. E; Pearce, K. E.
      Pages: 401 - 424
      Abstract: Integrating digital divide and diffusion of innovations approaches, this study analyzes individual-level and market-level influences on the 8-year cumulative adoption of the mobile phone in one developing country. Considering each year separately, as tests of the typical digital divide model, age, education, economic condition, Internet access, and household size were significant divides in all years; employment, marital status, and urbanness were so only in about half the years, and sex in none of the years. However, a diffusion of innovations approach revealed some differences in demographic influences on mobile phone adoption across three adoption categories. Changing mobile phone market conditions were associated with varying adoption levels, and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita correlated with percent adoption except during the global economic crisis.
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915590469
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book review: Jason Farman (Ed.), The mobile story: Narrative practices
           with locative technologies
    • Authors: Mitchell; A.
      Pages: 425 - 426
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915584038
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book review: Liza Potts, Social media in disaster response: How experience
           architects can build for participation
    • Authors: Ong; J. C.
      Pages: 426 - 428
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915584038a
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book review: Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson, Gaming in social,
           locative, and mobile media
    • Authors: Haislett; R.
      Pages: 428 - 429
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915584038b
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Thank you reviewers!
    • Pages: 430 - 432
      PubDate: 2015-08-13T02:06:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915591899
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
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