The Importance Of Mobile Phones Inhibiting Face-To Face Interpersonal Communication

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After conducting the in-depth interviews, I was surprised to find that people are very aware of the stated problem, that mobile phones are inhibiting face-to-face interpersonal communication, but they are doing very little about it. One theory on why people are doing very little about it could be attributed to Dr. Bruce Bryski’s statement that “Americans are rude in general and when you throw this variable of cellphones in, it makes Americans even more rude.” If it is already an accepted statement that Americans are rude, than what’s adding mobile phone use in social settings do to the vast array of actions that are considered rude things that Americans do? Not much, and it seems to be the attitude that Americans are taking, that it’s ok to do this. But, it’s not. All the participants agreed that class time and work were unacceptable times to be on your mobile phone. These are largely accepted as group social settings that happen in real time and cannot be replicated. The vast majority of the information distributed by mobile phones is user generated and can be found at any given time. In other words, you can only experience face-to-face interpersonal communication events once, while mobile phone use, outside of verbal communication, is there to interact with whenever a user chooses to do so. Among the six people that I conducted an in-depth interview with, it was interesting to find that only one person really didn’t seem to mind if people were on their phones in social

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