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Naked Without My Mobile

by Miriam Firth published Apr 14, 2011 10:15 AM, last modified Apr 15, 2011 08:56 AM
Peoples' awareness of the comfort and security from computing and mobile devices is not just common knowledge, but a social requisite when connecting and communicating.
When I was 18 I went on a summer camp to Nagoya in Japan for 3 weeks. This was to develop cultural awareness by living with a variety of people from over 15 different countries. Whilst on this camp I remember a feeling of loss at not being able to contact anyone. I had been on these camps since the age of 11, but it was only by 18 that I had the first pangs of 'where's my mobile?' On previous camps I had sent letters and spoken with family and not really felt the need for constant contact. However, after having a mobile for two years I was acutely aware that this technology had changed my communication requirements. Even, that it offered me confort and support, without me seeing this as a direct consequence of owning a new computing device. Nowadays the phrase 'I feel naked without my mobile' is considered the norm. Peoples' awareness of the comfort and security from computing and mobile devices is not just common knowledge, but a social requisite when connecting and communicating.