Mobile, Locative and Urban Media Ecologies

Mobiles and the evolution into the smart phone, making it more a little computer than a device to call or text people. What has this meant for everyone? For a long time mobile technology, social media on these devices and media in general have been made more and more accessible in our everyday lives. So much so that the argument of connect and disconnect has been established. Whether or not we’ve delved too much into integrating this technology into our daily lives and whether it has changed us completely is a matter of discussion.

One of the focuses on mobile technology is how it has affected our habits and behaviours whether this be at home in private or out in the world in public. Progressively a lot more of the time I find that when I go out with friends or I go over to their houses they will always be on their mobiles keeping in touch on social media whether it be Facebook or Twitter or some other form. Instead of disconnecting and getting more intimate with the person they’re spending time with they’ll be in a haze of trying to stay connected with everyone else but also connect with myself or in other situations someone else. But in doing so they’re attention isn’t on the individual but on everyone else.

I feel as if its causing a problem with the way people interact with each other and form a connection. Instead of trying your all to know someone you’re half listening to what they’re saying and still trying to listen to everyone else. Mobiles “facilitate independence as well as co-dependence, lead to a greater sense of vulnerability while also providing reassurance, facilitate social proximity at the same time as allowing greater geographical distance, blur the public and the private” (Wilken 2013).

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