Are Mobile Phones Changing Social Networks? A Longitudinal Study Of Core Networks In Kerala

Posted by VivianOnano on Nov 16, 2011
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Antony Palackal,Paul Nyaga Mbatia,Dan-Bright Dzorgbo,Ricardo B. Duque,Marcus Antonius Ynalvez,Wesley M. Shrum.
Publication Date: 
Mar 2011
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Mobile telephony has diffused more rapidly than any Indian technology in recent memory, yet systematic studies of its impact are rare, focusing on technological rather than social change. We employ network surveys of separate groups of Kerala residents in 2002 and again in 2007 to examine recent shifts in mobile usage patterns and social relationships.

Results show (1) near saturation of mobiles among both the professionals and nonprofessionals sampled, (2) a decrease in the number of social linkages across tie types and physical locations, and (3) a shift towards friends and family but away from work relationships in the core networks of Malayalis.

We interpret these findings as support for the bounded solidarity thesis of remote communication that emphasizes social insulation and network closure as mobiles shield individuals from their wider surroundings.



Virtual Forum "Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas" 17-28 November 2008

Posted by cmasiello on Oct 29, 2008

Mobile phones bridge the rural digital divide, bring economic benefits, and act as agents of social mobilization through improved communication. But what are the real challenges of reaching rural areas, and what are some of today’s most beneficial applications that can help rural communities, specifically regarding agriculture development?

The Virtual Forum on "Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas" will examine the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and look at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe.

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