International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Smartphones: Fulfilling the Need for Immediacy in Everyday Life, but at What Cost?
Arlene R. Lundquist, Emily J. Lefebvre, Sara J.Garramone

Smartphones fulfil the demand for immediate access to social worlds. We conducted focus groups of college students to explore their perceptions and attitudes regarding uses and abuses of Smartphone technology. Overall, respondents believe more negatives than positives exist and the powerful positive of “being in the loop” keeps them “attached” to their devices.We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of Smartphone technologyin addressing society’s immediacy demands, and the costs associated with it.

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