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Smartphones, social skills and smombies: mobile device use in everyday communication

  • You might not know what a “smombie” is, but you have certainly already met one today. In public streets and places, the so-called “smartphone zombies” regularly cross our ways. They walk slowly, in peculiar ways, their eyes and fingers focused on their smartphone displays. While some cities have already introduced specific walking lanes or ground-level traffic signs for smartphone users “on the go”, it is not only road safety that is at stake. Frequently hunching over our phones causes cervical pain, we are addicted to likes on social media, and the fear of missing out prevents us from switching off our phones. If asked if mobile device use is possibly harmful to our bodies and minds, most people would spontaneously agree. Our social skills seem to constantly diminish since smartphones have become an everyday tool: we stick to them like glue while waiting for the bus, while walking, while eating, even while being with others. Will we turn into social zombies in the end?

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Author:Florence OloffORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Blog: Science with Arctic Attitude
Publisher:University of Oulu
Place of publication:Oulu
Editor:Kukka Haapaniemi, Anna-Maria Hietapelto, Meri Rova
Document Type:Other
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2022/04/29
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
GND Keyword:Interaktion; Kommunikation; Medienkonsum; Mobiles Endgerät; Smartphone; Social Media; Sozialkompetenz
Page Number:4
Elektronische dynamische Ressource
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt