Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems


Mobile phones represent one of the most pervasive technologies of our time. This technology not only makes possible communication at a distance but also creates a communicative environment that enables the transportation of social life within the space-time system. Since young adults have largely embraced mobile technology for their everyday activities, this research analyses how individuals in the 18-24 years old age bracket realise their social life through mobile phones. The findings of this study conducted in New Zealand show that the use of mobile phones reshapes the young adults’ perceptions of their social space-time system. The evidence suggests that, regardless of whether the individuals are the call makers or the call takers when they talk to their loving partners, close family members and close friends, a subjective understanding of co-presence overshadows their physical co-location. Individuals perceive to be closer to their communication partners than to those in their corporeal proximity.

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