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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter analyzes structural changes arising from both economy‐wide and life course-long applications of mobile communication technology. These changes trickle through all sectors of society, including the domestic sphere, which arguably has been most profoundly affected by it. The chapter highlights some ways in which people have used the mobile phone and its attendant technologies (e.g., social media) to emotional ends and speculates on what may be forthcoming as socially intelligent devices proliferate in people’s everyday lives and relationships. The authors discuss recent developments and delineate controversies concerning the appropriate scope of private and public interaction, data collection, and interpersonal services. They also examine psychological and sociological phenomena arising from their use in human life and social interactions. Finally, the authors explore the longer-term implications of these changes.

Keywords: mobile communication, radiofrequency identification, emerging media, mobile phone, voice agent, domestic life, public sector, structural change, trend

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