Implications of Mobility: The Uses of Personal Communication Media in Everyday Life


  • Kenichi Ishii

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    1. Graduate School of Systems & Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Tennoudai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Japan
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This study examined the impact of mobile communications on interpersonal relationships in daily life. Based on a nationwide survey in Japan, landline phone, mobile voice phone, mobile mail (text messaging), and PC e-mail were compared to assess their usage in terms of social network and psychological factors. The results indicated that young, nonfamily-related pairs of friends, living close to each other with frequent face-to-face contact were more likely to use mobile media. Social skill levels are negatively correlated with relative preference for mobile mail in comparison with mobile voice phone. These findings suggest that mobile mail is preferable for Japanese young people who tend to avoid direct communication and that its use maintains existing bonds rather than create new ones.