Uses of cellphones by teenagers (2) (2003-2005)

Directed by
André H. Caron
Département de communication, Université de Montréal

Letizia Caronia
Dépt. des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Bologne

Team members :
Flavie Caron, Département de communication, Université de Montréal ;
Mathieu St-Onge, Département de communication, Université de Montréal.

Abstract :

The interruption of personal interaction, even the most intimate, by a ringing cell phone has profoundly affected social behaviour. New communication technologies transform culture – but the reverse is also true. Moving Cultures explores the ways in which teenagers have creatively adopted cell phones and blackberries in their social and cultural lives. André Caron and Letizia Caronia look at teenagers’ use of text messaging to chat, flirt, and gossip. They find that messaging among teens has little to do with sending shorthand information quickly. Instead, it is a verbal performance through which young people create culture. Moving Cultures argues that teenagers have domesticated and reinterpreted this technology. The authors use these findings as a framework for exploring the larger impact of emerging communication technologies on daily life. They focus on the social and cultural dimensions of the contemporary “mobile turn” – the ways in which new technologies have freed us from temporal and spatial constraints: even the simplest notions of being present or absent, being alone or with someone, must be redefined. Moving Cultures also explores the emergence of an “on generation” and the death of silence, remote parenting, the performance of identity in urban space, the creation of new languages, and technologically mediated cultural communities.

Partners :
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les technologies émergentes (CITÉ), Université de Montréal ;
Département des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Bologne.

Funding :
Centre de recherche sur les technologies émergentes (CITÉ), Université de Montréal ;
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation (FCI) ;
Programme de bourses européennes Marco Polo ;
Chaire Bell en recherche sur les technologies émergentes.

Publications :

, A.H. et Caronia L. Moving Culture. Mobile communication in Everyday Life. Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007.

Conférences :

Caron, A.H. (2008). « Du réel au virtuel: la construction des images comme miroirs de notre réalité » Maître de conférence et intervenant, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur les technologies émergentes, Montréal, Québec, Canada, février 2008.

Caron, A.H.(2008) «Innovative technologies :mobile phones and young people as cultural markers» Conférence, John Abbott college, Montréal,Canada,mai 2008.

Caron, A. H. et Caronia L. (2007). « Moving Cultures: Language and Technologically Mediated Interactions among Canadian and Italian Teenagers » Conférence, Department of Italian Studies, McGill University, Montreal,Canada, mars 2007.

, L. et Caron A.H. « Ethnografia di uma lingua secreta: dimensioni sociali E linguistiche degi SMS tra gli adolescenti.» Conference, département de Philosophie, Université de Turin, Turin, mai 2007.

Caron, A.H. et Caronia L. « Young People Technologies and Mobile Culture » Youth and the News Canadian media research consortium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 3-4 avril 2006.

Caron, A.H. et Caronia L. « Les nouvelles pratiques de communication » conférence 8ième festival littéraire international de Montréal, Métropolis Bleu, Montréal, 8 avril 2006.