Cell Phones and the Intrapersonal Communication Bubble

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Spring 2015


This podcast is the result of an ethnography assignment for Anthropology 103. The group's intention was to investigate whether or not cell phone usage prevents students from forming friendships at Parkland College. Their findings led them to conclude that cell phones were having a negative impact on the way students communicated with one another. They also noted that there appeared to be differences in the perception of the problem based on age and gender.


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Winner of Conference Honorable Mention Award, Ethnography of the University Initiative Student Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 22, 2015.

A reflection on the project by group member, Devon Miller, supplements this podcast.

cellphone.ethnography.ant103.pdf (214 kB)
Devon Miller, student of Anthropology 103, reflects on ethnography assignment for project, Ethnographies of Parkland Student Life

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