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Title: Unlimited or disrupted communication? How does the development of the mobile phone effect our ability of social action?
Authors: Löhlein, Marie-Sophie
Advisor: Moniz, António
Keywords: Telecommunication
Cell phones
Youth behaviour
Habermas
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: IET
Citation: Löhlein, Marie-Sophie (2009): "Unlimited or disrupted communication? How does the development of the mobile phone effect our ability of social action?", IET Working Papers Series, 04/09, Monte de Caparica, IET, 17 pp
Series/Report no.: IET Working Papers Series
04/09
Abstract: The aim of this essay is to discuss the thesis of the German Sociologist Günter Burkhart that in modern societies a phenomenon appeared which he calls “handymania”, an excessive and nearly addictive use of the mobile phones especially from adolescents. After a short overview about the history of the cell phone, I will relate this development to Jürgen Habermas “theory of communicative action”, more precisely to his diagnosis of a pathological society (“lifeworld”) to find out if the “handymania” could be one expression of it. Adjacent I will present social-psychological theories from E.H.Erikson and Tilmann Habermas to ascertain whether juveniles could really be a high-risk group for this kind of addiction. I will focus on the ability to communicate in an Habermasian way that could be seriously harmed by the unregulated usage of cell phones.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10362/1862
ISSN: 1646-8929
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