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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  [740 journals]
  • Health benefits and barriers to cell phone use in low-income urban U.S.
           neighborhoods: Indications of technology maintenance
    • Authors: Gonzales; A. L.
      Pages: 233 - 248
      Abstract: Little is known about the everyday health and safety benefits of cell phones for the U.S. poor, despite heightened risks of illness and exposure to crime for this population. Interviews with low-income, urban U.S. residents reveal that cell phones are an asset for psychological reassurance, crime prevention, and critical access to emergency help. At the same time findings reveal that these residents often have broken and disconnected cell phones that require constant upkeep, or technology maintenance. Reliance on second-hand, government, and no-contract phones ease cell phone ownership but also normalize intermittent disconnection leading to dependably instability. These findings demonstrate the extreme value of cell phone access for residents of poor neighborhoods, and at the same time indicate that disparities in cell phone access still persist and may be worsening.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530297|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/233
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • What is disturbing and why not to disturb. On mobile phones, gender, and
           privacy within heterosexual intimacy
    • Authors: Casado, E; Lasen, A.
      Pages: 249 - 264
      Abstract: Drawing on recent research conducted in Spain, this article analyses how mobile telephony contributes to (re)create and (re)mediate gender, couple intimacy, and privacy. We take a Goffmanian approach to analyse the utterances of disturb* (to disturb, disturbing, disturbed) in interviews and focus groups on mobile phone uses and practices within heterosexual couples, showing how gendered ways of everyday management of intimate bonds and territories of the self contribute to the ordinary reconstitution of gender hierarchical differentiation. These gendered ways, in conjunction with mobile telephony possibilities and constraints, are producing the contextual norms and expectations which set the condition for privacy, or the lack of it, within current couple intimacies.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530298|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/249
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Perceiving spaces through digital augmentation: An exploratory study of
           navigational augmented reality apps
    • Authors: Hofmann, S; Mosemghvdlishvili, L.
      Pages: 265 - 280
      Abstract: The study aims to explore effects of navigational augmented reality (AR) apps on the users’ perception of their surroundings, and to analyze in which ways these effects are enabled as well as limited by the performance of AR apps on currently available devices. To answer these questions, an exploratory quasi-experiment has been conducted, consisting of three groups of participants, each group differing in their method for obtaining location information as well as the frequency with which this information is consumed. Semistructured pre- and postexperiment interviews with participants, questionnaires that were filled out by the participants after every app usage, and expert interviews with navigational AR app developers are employed in combination with analyzing the effect of augmented reality on the user’s perception of space. Surprisingly, it was found that AR users actually became less aware of their surroundings than non-AR navigational app users. This is mainly due to the comparatively worse performance of AR apps on currently available smartphones: The overall quality regularly suffers from a cluttered and confusing presentation, leading to considerable amounts of time spent "deciphering" the layout and functionality of the presented results. Erratic result behavior, caused by frequent movement delays and unexpected lag of the virtual objects further decreases the quality of the overall experience. Finally, some initially unexpected issues related to the social acceptability of augmented reality app usage in public places were encountered during the experiment, which are explained by the physically very involved method of interacting with AR apps, namely having to point and hold the device into the direction information is being sought over. Nevertheless, augmented reality was found to have a number of distinct advantages over other navigational apps, namely the ability to improve the users’ understanding of proximity, directions, and spatial relations.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530700|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/265
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Mobile phones and participatory communication for poverty eradication on
           public service broadcasting: The case of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation
           (TBC)
    • Authors: Millanga; A. K.
      Pages: 281 - 297
      Abstract: All over the world people who use mobile phones to amplify their voices have revolutionised participatory communication in mass media. The use of mobile phones as instruments for participatory communication in public service broadcasting (PSB) has been growing and gaining strength in the so-called Third World. In this article it is argued that members of audience from different parts of Tanzania use mobile phones to participate in dialogue taking place on national radio (TBC-TAIFA) and/or national television (TBC1), and share their knowledge and lived experiences with the national audience as if they lived next door to each other. Further, the findings of this study show that TBC journalists use mobile phones to interact and involve the audiences in the processes of producing programmes. Consequently, TBC communication has become less hierarchical, more two-way, horizontal, and interactive. Moreover, the study reveals that the audiences use phone-in programmes on TBC as a platform to air the voices and concerns of the grass-roots population. Thus, the use of mobile phones as tools for participatory communication via TBC sets an agenda, which helps to bring about some social changes and transformation.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914533695|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/281
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • The acceptance of mobile government from a citizens' perspective:
           Identifying perceived risks and perceived benefits
    • Authors: Ohme; J.
      Pages: 298 - 317
      Abstract: Mobile government (in short: m-government) is just at the beginning of its rise as a future trend of e-government. Considering technical advancements such as mobile Internet, smartphones, and tablet-PCs, m-government represents a tremendous new potential for the communication between governments and citizens. There are many examples of failures of early e-government projects due to a lack of consideration of users’ requirements. Against this background, this article tries to contribute to governmental communication processes by addressing the driving factors influencing the acceptance of mobile government among e-government users. Extending the approaches of the technology acceptance model (TAM; Davis, Bagozzi, & Warshaw, 1989) and the theory of planned behavior (TPB; Ajzen, 1991) to mobile government, a new m-government acceptance model was developed. It shows that the intention to use m-government is significantly influenced by both, factors users see as a benefit but also by factors of perceived risks.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914533696|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/298
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Maintaining social connectedness in a fast-changing world: Examining the
           effects of mobile phone uses on loneliness among teens in Tibet
    • Authors: Liu, X; Liu, X, Wei, R.
      Pages: 318 - 334
      Abstract: This study examines how Tibetan teens use the mobile phone to maintain their social networks and how their social network connections via the mobile phone in turn affect their psychological well-being. In doing so, the study explores the effect of motives for mobile phone use and mobile phone skills as antecedents. Findings of a survey of 1,135 teen mobile phone users living in Tibet showed that they actively use the mobile phone as an important means of communication and a source of social support to help reduce loneliness. The implications of the findings are discussed in terms of illuminating how the mobile phone fits into the lives of Tibetan teenagers who are geographically isolated and resource-poor.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914535390|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/318
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Safety in movement: Mobile workers, mobile media
    • Authors: Pink, S; Morgan, J, Dainty, A.
      Pages: 335 - 351
      Abstract: Mobile and locative digital media are an inextricable part of everyday working environments, are part of everyday work practices in organizations, and are part of organizational infrastructures. Likewise occupational safety and health (OSH) in many ways underpins the ways that people work in organizations. Yet the relationship of OSH to media, and to the ways in which people are mobile while at work, has remained underexplored in academic scholarship. In this article we take the novel step of bringing together the fields of mobile media, phenomenological anthropology, and OSH to ask how they might mutually inform each other.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914537486|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/335
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Measuring usage concentration of smartphone applications: Selective
           repertoire in a marketplace of choices
    • Authors: Jung, J; Kim, Y, Chan-Olmsted, S.
      Pages: 352 - 368
      Abstract: Using the tracking data of 1,645 smartphone users from Nielsen KoreanClick’s panel, this study examines the degree of concentration in smartphone application use in South Korea. The findings from this study are consistent with what we have learned from previous research of usage concentration and selective repertoire in a multichannel and multimedia environment. Overall, the levels of concentration in app usage are high, particularly in the communication and social media categories. Empirical evidence also suggests the existence of network externality in mobile app communication.
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914542172|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/352
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Book review: Jason Farman, Mobile interface theory: Embodied space and
           locative media and Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith, Mobile
           interfaces in public spaces: Locational privacy, control, and urban
           sociability
    • Authors: Eanes; R. S.
      Pages: 369 - 370
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530353|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/369
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Book review: Imar De Vries, Tantalisingly close: An archaeology of
           communication desires in discourses of mobile wireless media
    • Authors: Morais; A. R.
      Pages: 371 - 372
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530353a|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/371
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Book review: Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller (Eds.), Digital
           anthropology
    • Authors: Silvestri; L.
      Pages: 372 - 374
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914530353b|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/372
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
  • Thank you reviewers!
    • Pages: 375 - 377
      PubDate: 2014-08-19T00:52:31-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914532329|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/3/375
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
       
 
 
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