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Mobile Communication Tools as Morality-Building Devices

Mobile Communication Tools as Morality-Building Devices
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Author(s): André H. Caron (Université de Montréal, Canada) and Letizia Caronia (University of Bologna, Italy)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 21
Source title: Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zheng Yan (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch003

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Abstract

The rise of Mobile Devices (MD) in the last two decades is noteworthy not only for the unprecedented rate at which they have spread, but for the vast number of countries in which they have so quickly been adopted, blind to both culture and economic stature. Moreover, the accelerated nature of their constantly-evolving design and function adds additional layers of complexity to the already-complicated topic of behavior in public places and during face-to-face communication. Drawing on extant literature and research, this article focuses on a specific but underexplored consequence of the mobile turn in everyday communication: MDs enhance the stage dimension of the social interactions they are embedded in, and therefore elicit a moral reasoning on the rights and duties of the individual in public places. They cooperate in building the bases of intersubjectivity: a sense of the other.

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