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Cross-cultural patterns in mobile-phone use: public space and reachability in Sweden, the USA and Japan

Journal article
Authors Ylva Hård af Segerstad
Naomi S. Baron
Published in New Media & Society
Volume 12
Issue 1
Pages 13-34
Publication year 2010
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 13-34
Language en
Links DOI: 10.1177/1461444809355111
Subject categories Communication Studies, Technology and social change, General Language Studies and Linguistics


Contemporary mobile-phone technology is becoming increasingly similar around the world. However, cultural differences between countries may also shape mobile-phone practices. This study examines a group of variables connected to mobile-phone use among university students in Sweden, the USA and Japan. Key cultural issues addressed are attitudes towards quiet in public space, personal use of public space and tolerance of self-expression. Measures include the appropriateness of using mobiles in various social contexts and judgments of what respondents like most and like least about having a mobile phone. Analysis revealed a number of culturally associated differences, as well as a shared conflicting attitude towards the advantages and disadvantages of reachability by mobile phone.

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