Kei-Tying teens : Using mobile phone e-mail to bond, bridge, and break with social ties-a study of Japanese adolescents

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)930-943
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Volume66
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which Japanese adolescents use mobile phone e-mail to bond, bridge, and break with their social ties. Although existing literature shows that adolescents use mobile phone e-mail to bond with intimate strong ties, the fluid nature of social networks during adolescence suggests that mobile phone e-mail may also be used to bridge to new ties and to break with old ties. Drawing on a stratified random sample survey of 501 high school students living in Tokyo, we find that mobile phone e-mail is used both to bond and bridge, but not to break with ties. We also find that the intensity with which Japanese adolescents use mobile phone e-mail is more fundamentally a result of bridging than bonding. These findings apply both to typical users and heavy users. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Adolescence, Bonding, Bridging, E-mail, Japan, Mobile phone, SMS, Social network, Social ties