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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies$
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James E. Katz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001

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Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self

Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self

(p.121) 10 Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self
Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Sherry Turkle

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This chapter focuses on how the intimacy of people with their communication devices results in attitude changes. It discusses the role of mobile phones, e-mail, text messages, and online interaction in modern day life. Communication technology helps people stay connected with one another despite not being physically present in the same place. However, the drawback seems to be that people give priority to people who are online rather than people who are physically present with them. The chapter explores the attachment of people with the Internet, which provides experiences that break the monotony of work, whether professional or personal. It further discusses the use of online role playing games by adolescents, creating different personas for themselves, and making changes that they would like to make in real life.

Keywords:   communication devices, mobile phones, e-mail, online role playing, Internet, monotony

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