in other words, managing social relationships. Across qualitative and quantitative studies, users of the cell phone all
report using their phone for social purposes. However, scholars have argued the cell phone might actually serve as a tool
for social isolation (Bugeja, 2005). On the other hand, the
cell phone has been argued to function as a social connection device, especially among teens (Ling, 1999a). Therefore, the social use of cell phones has proven to be a rich area for
communication research, with researchers exploring various
ways in which cell phone use affects social interaction, both isolating and connecting involved persons.
-Although observational research shows that most cell
phone users retreat from social settings when they are using the cell phone in a public place (Ling, 1999b), findings also suggest that cell phone users use the cell phone in public
spaces as a form of exclusion (Bugeja, 2005; Ling, 2002).
The survey found that 13% of surveyed adults said they had used their phones to look busy, so they wouldn’t have to talk with others. That percentage more than doubled among young adults aged 18 to 29 years, 30% of whom said they’d faked cell phone use as an avoidance mechanism. Only 2% of the oldest (65 and older) respondents reported using cell phones to avoid dealing with others. unplugging may actually improve your social interactions. As Healthland reported last year, many people would argue that turning your phone off is a gesture of intimacy and affection for the people around you
-The implications of this study are not only empirical, but
serve to demonstrate the...