“We Release Them Little by Little”: Maturation and Gender Identity as Seen in the Use of Mobile Telephony

  • Rich Ling
  • Published 1999 in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

Abstract

This paper examines the social meaning behind the adoption of mobile telephones by teenagers in Norway. Through this adoption process one can see the way in which youths are developing their adult identity as well as their gendered identity. The primary database used in this analysis is from two telephone questionnaires of Norwegian youth aged 13–20 carried out in October and December 1998. A total of 2007 interviews are included. The survey instrument covered teenagers’ ownership of mobile telephones, payment forms and the use of mobile telephones to send and receive Short Message System (SMS) text messages. In addition, the analysis draws on a survey of 1001 Norwegian parents and ethnographic interviews of 12 families.

DOI: 10.1007/s007790170015

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@article{Ling1999WeRT, title={“We Release Them Little by Little”: Maturation and Gender Identity as Seen in the Use of Mobile Telephony}, author={Rich Ling}, journal={Personal and Ubiquitous Computing}, year={1999}, volume={5}, pages={123-136} }