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My Masters degree thesis : Mediating social relatiionship through mobile communication
A work in progress. Last updated March 30th 2005
The secret lives of teenagers
The theory behind the design. The social aspects and trends which informed and influenced the design
Making the teenagers part of the design
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tHEORETICAL FRAMEWORK : Adolescence, groups, behaviors, fashion and mobile communication

In this section I will describe my work assumptions and theoretical background which my design concepts are based upon. I will examine how new technologies were catalysts for social changes, explore the role of social groups in teenagers' lives, look at the importance of nonverbal and encoded communication among humans and see what is the connection between phones and fashion I will then review some of the new trends which are relevant to my thesis. These trends emerged as the result of the dispersion of mobile technology, and influenced the teenage behavior.

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9. Hulme, Michael, Sue Peters “Me, my phone and I: The role of the mobile phone”, research held by Teleconomy research house, Lancaster, England (2004) chi_workshop/papers/HulmePeters.pdf

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11. Ito, Mizuko and Daisuke Okabe.. "Technosocial Situations: Emergent Structuring of Mobile Email Use." In Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda Eds., Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. Cambridge: MIT Press. (2005)

12. Ling, Richard “The mobile connection: The cell phone’s impact on society”, Morgan-Kaufman publishers, CA, USA, (2004)

13. Muuss, Rolf E. 1982. Theories of adolescence. Bnei-Brak, Israel, Sifriat Poalim. pp.75-76

14. Maffesoli, Michel, “Post-Modern tribes and communication”, A talk given on August 19th 2004 in ISEA2004 conference, Helsinki , Finland .

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16. Skog Berit. 2002. Mobiles and The Norwegian teen: identity, gender and class. In Aakhus , Mark & Katz, James (eds ). Perpetual Contact: Mobile Communication, Private Tal k, and Public Performance . Cambridge University Press. pp.255-273

17. van Blokland, Arjen ‘Girl's Talk!’, for, 9.2.2004

18. Wellman Barry, “Physical place and CyberPlace: The rise of personalized networking” , International journal of urban andregional research Vol. 25, No. 2, Blackwell Publishing , 2001 p.228

19. R 2 many txt msgs bad 4 U? , Monday, January 24, 2005, Mobile report forum

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