The Mobile Connection

The Mobile Connection

The Cell Phone's Impact on Society

1st Edition - May 18, 2004

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  • Author: Rich Ling
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518930

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Has the cell phone forever changed the way people communicate? The mobile phone is used for “real time” coordination while on the run, adolescents use it to manage their freedom, and teens “text” to each other day and night. The mobile phone is more than a simple technical innovation or social fad, more than just an intrusion on polite society. This book, based on world-wide research involving tens of thousands of interviews and contextual observations, looks into the impact of the phone on our daily lives. The mobile phone has fundamentally affected our accessibility, safety and security, coordination of social and business activities, and use of public places. Based on research conducted in dozens of countries, this insightful and entertaining book examines the once unexpected interaction between humans and cell phones, and between humans, period. The compelling discussion and projections about the future of the telephone should give designers everywhere a more informed practice and process, and provide researchers with new ideas to last years.

Key Features

*Rich Ling (an American working in Norway) is a prominent researcher, interviewed in the new technology article in the November 9 issue of the New York Times Magazine.
*A particularly "good read", this book will be important to the designers, information designers, social psychologists, and others who will have an impact on the development of the new third generation of mobile telephones.
*Carefully and wittily written by a senior research scientist at Telenor, Norway's largest telecommunications company, and developer of the first mobile telephone system that allowed for international roaming.


mobile phone and other information appliance interaction designers, product designers, social psychologists and others involved with HCI and the design field

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Making Sense of Mobile Telephone Adoption
    Chapter 3: Safety and Security
    Chapter 4: The Coordination of Everyday Life
    Chapter 5: The Mobile Telephone and Teens
    Chapter 6: The Intrusive Nature of Mobile Telephony
    Chapter 7: Texting and the Growth of Asynchronous Discourse
    Chapter 8: Conclusion: The Significance of Osborne's Prognosis
    Appendix: Data Sources Used in the Analysis of Mobile Telephony

Product details

  • No. of pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2004
  • Published: May 18, 2004
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518930

About the Author

Rich Ling

Rich Ling is a senior research scientist at Telenor, Norway’s largest telecommunications company, where he researches issues associated with new information technology and society. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Udine, Italy. Ling has published numerous articles and has organized and participated in numerous international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in his native U.S.

Affiliations and Expertise

Telenor, Oslo, Norway

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