Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mobile Phone Use Linked to Civic and Political Involvement.

A new study by Scott W. Campbell and Nojin Kwak, published in the recent issue of Journal of Communication, finds "that use of the technology for information exchange and recreation are positive predictors of participation in civic life, however associations are moderated by mobile communication competence. Notably, individuals who report higher levels of comfort with mobile telephony and use it for information exchange tend to be more civically and politically engaged than those who report less comfort with the technology."

The study's findings also "shed new light on the positive role of mobile communication in civil society, while highlighting competence as an emergent dimension of the so-called “second-level” digital divide, which has traditionally focused on computer skills."

Link to the abstract and article at this link
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