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FILM 260
Dale Kristensen

Week 3: Mobilities 1. Teenagers & Smartphones: How Theyʼre Already Changing The World by: Brian S Hall - US teens have embraced smart phones and a ʻmobile firstʼ mentality - 37% of teens in US have a smartphone - 25% of those aged 12-17 access the internet ʻprimarilyʼ via a cell phone or smartphone - Among teens with a smartphone, 50% access the internet primarily via mobile device - Girls are more likely than boys to rely on their smartphone as main access to internet - Trends in teens become the future - Mobile access to the internet means this access is ALWAYS available - More and more teens are getting smart phones or own tablets - Teens use the internet the most - “Household income and urbanity are strongly correlated with teen smartphone use. Black and Hispanic teens are more likely to own a smartphone than their White counterparts. The smartphone could be the tool that eradicates the digital divide.” - Teens consider their high level of connectivity as necessary to prevent social isolation - Since smartphones are designed for a single user (rather than a shared family computer), it is harder for parents to know what their teens are doing online - 70% of teens try to hide their online activities and behaviour from their parents - Smartphones make it harder for parents to monitor online behaviour - Due to bandwidth constrains and not all sites yet being designed for a small screen, teens may have to work harder to get important information online through their smart phone 2. Mobile phone addiction ruining relationships by: Richard Alleyne; The Telegraph - Researchers have found constantly checking for messages is an addiction and can ruin relationships - Young adults spend up to 7 hours/day interacting with communication technology - This can become a problem: i.e., compulsion or feeling of withdrawal when not around their phone - "Mobile phones are a part of our consumer culture,” Dr Roberts said. -> instant messaging addiction = driven by materialism and impulsiveness - Addiction to mobile devices is partially due to status symbol and is similar to compulsive buying and credit card misuse - Young adults (18-29) send an average of 109.5 texts/day (3,200/month) - Nomophobia - anxiety when one has no access to mobile technology - “A previous study showed that young people are now so addicted to their mobile phones it feels like they have lost a limb when they are without them.” - “the growing reliance that the younger generation has on technology and how it has become central to their lives.” 3. Mom Goes Viral With Sonʼs Phone Code of Conduct by: Leanne Italie - Mom bought son an iPhone with 18 strings attached, a written ʻcode of conductʼ - Brought up much debate and sparked a lot of interest - She believed the contract would allow her to be present within her sonʼs phone life/use without being a creeper - “ʻWe have ritualized the gift of the smartphone,ʼ he [psychologist David Greenfield] said, yet many parents don't have the know-how, stomach, time or interest in actively guiding kids when they first jump into digital life. For some parents, he said, it's only when things go horribly wrong that attention is paid.” - It is recommended to come up with a contract or to creep using apps and monitoring software for parents to be included in their childrenʼs phone use - Many parents are worried not only about what their children are doing online but also what being online is doing to their children due to adds, online relationships and interaction, online reputations etc. - Within the contract included: paying for replacement or lost phone, the phone is hers as she bought it and pays for the bills, sharing the password, always picking up calls from parents, handing the phone in at a certain time on weeknights and weekends, no hurtful texts and no porn, not taking a ton of pictures and videos and posting everything, instead enjoy life, leaving the phone at home sometimes and being ok with it - “Hofmann also urges her boy to, "Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling."” - Technology has gone from something that is just cool to something that we are worried about controlling - Parents also have to be mindful of their own use of mobile devices and digital obsessions 4. FACEBOOK Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication by: Steven Levy - Home = new Facebook app that turns your phone into a Facebook device - Home = in between an operating system and an app - FB accounts for 23% of the time people spend on smartphones - Did not want to build a whole phone because it would then only reach 1-2% of users, now it reaches anyone with an android phone (apple currently will not hand over their personal look and feel) - On mobile version, must balance ads with news feed and uses a ranking system to put the most important stories at the top 5. Instagram and the New Era of Paparazzi by: Jenna Wortham - picture of Beyonce went viral but it was not taken by a paparazzi, it was posted on Instagram (as well as twitter) - The photo was bought by Splash News and distributed to other sites including, and The Huffington Post - With mobile devices everywhere, and people everywhere, the whole world has become a photo agency - Instagram is a new, popular source for images of the famous - This is partly because of the spread of smartphones with more-than-decent cameras, and the ability to publish instantly anywhere, anytime, within seconds and reach millions by posting photos publicly across the network of social media sites. - Celebrities also take photos of themselves to post onto Twitter and Instagram - The web now gets the photos faster than traditional methods (i.e., at the Oscars) - Photos of celebrities has lost value, and people would rather post online and gain more followers than sell for money 6. More youth use smartphones to log online: U.S. Report by: Martha Irvine; CTV New - 78% of youth (12-17) have cellphones, almost half of which are smartphones - This is changing where and how kids access the web - 1/2 of young people with smartphones use them as the primary source to the Internet
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