Computers, Phones, and the Internet

Computers, Phones, and the Internet : Domesticating Information Technology

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During the past decade, technology has become more pervasive, encroaching more and more on our lives. Computers, cell phones, and the internet have an enormous influence not only on how we function at work, but also on how we communicate and interact outside the office. Researchers have been documenting the effect that these types of technology have on individuals, families, and other social groups. Their work addresses questions that relate to how people use computers, cell phones, and the internet, how they integrate their use of new technology into daily routines, and how family function, social relationships, education, and socialization are changing as a result. This research is being conducted in a number of countries, by scientists from a variety of disciplines, who publish in very different places. The result is that it is difficult for researchers and students to get a current and coherent view of the research literature. This book brings together the leading researchers currently investigating the impact of information and communication technology outside of the workplace. Its goal is to develop a consolidated view of what we collectively know in this fast-changing area, to evaluate approaches to data collection and analysis, and to identify future directions for research. The book will appeal to professionals and students in social psychology, human-technology interaction, sociology, and more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 17.8mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 33 halftones, 17 line drawings, tables
  • 0195312805
  • 9780195312805

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..".this book makes a solid contribution to our understanding of how various information technologies are affecting our lives. Its empirical approach by various leading lights in social science to the study of information technologies leaves the reader with a sense of clarity in viewing the various issues."--American Journal of Psychologyshow more

Table of contents

1. Social Studies of Domestic Information and Communication Technologies ; Information Technology and Social Change ; 2. Protraits of American Internet Use: Frindings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project ; 3. Passing By and Passing Through ; 4. Older People and New Technologies ; 5. Information Technology and Family Time Displacement ; 6. Examining the Impact of Internet Use on TV Viewing: Details Make a Difference ; 7. The Neutered Computer ; Technology is Context-Home, Family, and Community ; 8. The Consumption Junction Revisited: Networks and Contexts ; 9. Designing the Family Portal for Home Networking ; 10. Children's Privacy Online: Experimenting with Boundaries Within and Beyond the Family ; 11. Children's Home Internet Use: Antecedents and Psychological, Social & Academic Consequences ; 12. Social and Civic Participation in a Community Network ; New Technology in Teenage Life ; 13. Teens on the Internet: Interpersonal Connection, Identity, and Information ; 14. Teenage Communication in the Instant Messaging Era ; 15. Control, Emancipation, and Status: The Mobile Telephone in the Teen's Parental and Peer Group Control Relationships ; 16. Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging ; The Internet and Social Relationships ; 17. The Internet and Social Interaction: A Meta-analysis and Critique of Studies, 1995-2003 ; 18. Communication Technology and Friendship During the Transition From High School to College ; 19. Considering the Interactions: The Effects of the Internet on Self and Society ; 20. Rhythms and Ties: Towards a Pragmatics of Technologically-mediated Sociabilityshow more

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