The Effect of the Use of Cellular Phones on Society: A Qualitative Analysis Using Interaction Theory

Roberte Exantus

Abstract


For many decades now, many different means of communication have been used by people. Today, cellular phones are the most popular items to use for communication. The use of cellular phones is changing the social aspects of many. People write fewer letters, gather less, and are becoming more socially awkward. Employing the Interaction Theory, it is hypothesized in this study that as the use of cellular phones increases, the lack of non-technological social interactions decrease. This paper tests this hypothesis analyzing data collected by using the document analysis technique from scholarly books, journals, and Internet sources. These sources were supplemented by expert interviews. A qualitative methodological approach was employed to analyze the data collected and the results led to the acceptance of the hypothesis.

Keywords


Cellular Phones, Society, Interaction Theory

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