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A sociological investigation of smartphones and community Public

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  • The smartphone is changing the way individuals interact with one another in society. Given the instant accessibility and multitude of socially iconic features, the contemporary handheld device grants users an unprecedented level of connectedness. However, despite the new breadth of access, perhaps the depth of the resulting social networks is not equally adequate. The question is what kind of impact either beneficial or detrimental, do smartphones have on community? With compelling supporters for and against the issue, the results of this thesis were predictably ambivalent. However when examined through a contemporary redefinition of community, theoretical (theory of Uses and Gratifications) and practical (mobile app market) reviews provide convincing evidence of a potential beneficial relationship between the smartphone and community. What is still unknown however is the degree to which the smartphones and their apps are actually being utilized for their ability to contribute to community. Key
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