Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Honors

First Advisor

Kaitlin A. Briggs

Second Advisor

Stephen Houser

Third Advisor

Ronald Schmidt Jr.

Keywords

Smartphones, communication, social connectedness

Abstract

After becoming aware of America's overuse of smartphones, through a mission trip to Togo, I became interested in the effect of smartphones on American communication. I performed a literature review in order to understand the detrimental effects of smartphones. I conducted informal interviews in order to substantiate the claims made in the research I reviewed. Although smartphones have been known to bring out the worst in people, they are by no means a detriment to society. In fact they are paradigm shifting, for they afford us possibilities to communicate in ways never before possible. However, smartphones can be quite disruptive, so in order to get the most out of them, society needs only to establish limits on socially acceptable behavior.

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