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The comfort of phones – Deirdre from Ireland

A common phrase used in the discussion of smartphones is ‘smartphone addiction’, partly in acknowledgement that some apps are designed to ‘hook’ users and extend their time using that app. …

What is anthropology?

When you meet visitors from another country, it can be surprising to see how differently people behave. If you were to visit their country, they might well have the same …

Summing up Week 1

Well, we started this week by pointing out that the smartphone spends much of its time right in front of your nose; but that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you …

The wider context

In this step, we discuss how wider influences such as government representatives or various media outlets impact not only how smartphones are used, but also what people say about them. …

Welcome to the course!

Our team carry out their research within the discipline of social anthropology and perhaps for that reason, we are particularly keen on the social aspects of learning. Interactive learning is …

The Academic Study of Smartphones

There have always been some extraordinary elements to the study of the phone. For example, in his history of the landline, Claude Fischer showed how its inventors didn’t even realise …

Introduction and what to expect

Welcome to the ‘An anthropology of smartphones’ course! We are 11 anthropologists who researched how older people use smartphones in 9 countries around the world in order to understand their …

Article on effects of smartphone on health

Summary of paper about effects of googling for health in Ireland and the way it exacerbates class differences. Discussions of googling for health from Japan and NoLo – neither are …

Thank you and goodbye!

We have come to the end of this course. We are glad you were able to join us and share your thoughts and ideas! If you’d like to keep up …

Conclusions to the course

As we pointed out at the beginning of the course, the smartphone spends much of the time right in front of your nose. So it does seem important that we …

What is a smartphone?

The first thing to note about the smartphone is that in most respects, it is neither smart nor is it a phone. When the word ‘smart’ is used within terms …

The perpetual opportunism of the smartphone

An influential book about the mobile phone was called Perpetual Contact (edited by Katz and Aakhus, you can see Step 1.7 of this course for more details) because the advent …