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Mobile lifestyles: conceptualizing heterogeneity in mobile youth culture

(2016) NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY. 18(6). p.908-926
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Adolescents' characteristic understanding and use of mobile phones have led observers to speak of a mobile youth culture. This article explores whether we can differentiate lifestyles within mobile youth culture. We construct a user typology of Flemish adolescent mobile phone users based on mobile phone gratifications. Eight gratifications were identified. Using these as segmentation variables, a cluster analysis differentiated a devoted (N=204), dependent (N=156), pragmatic (N=143), and disinterested (N=90) mobile lifestyle. These groups differed significantly in demographics and social-psychological characteristics, indicating that youths domesticate mobile phones in their life in response to the problems and opportunities that cross their particular path toward adulthood.
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domestication theory, Apparatgeist theory, mobile youth culture, user typology, uses and gratifications, PEER PRESSURE, PHONE USE, SELF, COMMUNICATION, ADOLESCENTS, POPULARITY, CONFORMITY, EXPERIENCE, ATTITUDES, GIRLS

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Vanden Abeele, Mariek. “Mobile Lifestyles: Conceptualizing Heterogeneity in Mobile Youth Culture.” NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY 18.6 (2016): 908–926. Print.
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Vanden Abeele, M. (2016). Mobile lifestyles: conceptualizing heterogeneity in mobile youth culture. NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY, 18(6), 908–926.
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Vanden Abeele, Mariek. 2016. “Mobile Lifestyles: Conceptualizing Heterogeneity in Mobile Youth Culture.” New Media & Society 18 (6): 908–926.
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Vanden Abeele, Mariek. 2016. “Mobile Lifestyles: Conceptualizing Heterogeneity in Mobile Youth Culture.” New Media & Society 18 (6): 908–926.
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Vanden Abeele M. Mobile lifestyles: conceptualizing heterogeneity in mobile youth culture. NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY. 2016;18(6):908–26.
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M. Vanden Abeele, “Mobile lifestyles: conceptualizing heterogeneity in mobile youth culture,” NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 908–926, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Adolescents' characteristic understanding and use of mobile phones have led observers to speak of a mobile youth culture. This article explores whether we can differentiate lifestyles within mobile youth culture. We construct a user typology of Flemish adolescent mobile phone users based on mobile phone gratifications. Eight gratifications were identified. Using these as segmentation variables, a cluster analysis differentiated a devoted (N=204), dependent (N=156), pragmatic (N=143), and disinterested (N=90) mobile lifestyle. These groups differed significantly in demographics and social-psychological characteristics, indicating that youths domesticate mobile phones in their life in response to the problems and opportunities that cross their particular path toward adulthood.},
  author       = {Vanden Abeele, Mariek},
  issn         = {1461-7315},
  journal      = {NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY},
  keywords     = {domestication theory,Apparatgeist theory,mobile youth culture,user typology,uses and gratifications,PEER PRESSURE,PHONE USE,SELF,COMMUNICATION,ADOLESCENTS,POPULARITY,CONFORMITY,EXPERIENCE,ATTITUDES,GIRLS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {908--926},
  title        = {Mobile lifestyles: conceptualizing heterogeneity in mobile youth culture},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444814551349},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2016},
}

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