Title

Modern Japan, Mobile Phones and Friendships

Presenter

Marcus Helm

Abstract

Mobile phones are the fastest-growing form of communication in modern Japan. Japanese students use mobile phones to maintain relationships with friends through e-mail exchanges, social network systems such as Facebook and phone applications called LINE. It is not unusual to watch Japanese students sitting next to each other and communicating via cyberspace. In fact, students are hard-pressed to function in a social setting without their mobile phones. Psychologists recently have begun to investigate the link between mobile phone use and emotional dependency. Yet, little research exists about the psychology and sociology of mobile phone use. My presentation focuses on the psychological and sociological effects of mobile phones on Japanese students. I explore the social history of mobile phones and tap psychological studies conducted by Japanese psychologists to show how pre-university level students form and maintain friendships in contemporary Japan.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Sponsor Department/Programs

Asian Studies

Tracks

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Apr 11th, 9:45 AM Apr 11th, 10:00 AM

Modern Japan, Mobile Phones and Friendships

Kimball Theatre

Mobile phones are the fastest-growing form of communication in modern Japan. Japanese students use mobile phones to maintain relationships with friends through e-mail exchanges, social network systems such as Facebook and phone applications called LINE. It is not unusual to watch Japanese students sitting next to each other and communicating via cyberspace. In fact, students are hard-pressed to function in a social setting without their mobile phones. Psychologists recently have begun to investigate the link between mobile phone use and emotional dependency. Yet, little research exists about the psychology and sociology of mobile phone use. My presentation focuses on the psychological and sociological effects of mobile phones on Japanese students. I explore the social history of mobile phones and tap psychological studies conducted by Japanese psychologists to show how pre-university level students form and maintain friendships in contemporary Japan.