Thesis / Dissertation

Young Adults, Mobile Messaging, and the Negotiation of (Un)Availability

Katherine Jane Mannell, Bjorn Nansen (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

With a mobile phone, a person can reach and be reached anytime, anywhere. As many scholars have noted, this creates mutual expectations of availability, particularly among young adults whose friendships typically involve high rates of mobile messaging. What happens, however, in the moments when young adults do not want to be available, or cannot be available, to their friends? How do they resist this logic of constant availability in order to make space for themselves or to attend to other tasks or priorities? This thesis engages with these questions by investigating how young adults negotiate unavailability in a contemporary mobile environment. In doing so, this thesis draws on interviews..

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