The mobile phone has become an integral means of communication in our everyday life. However, some mobile media scholars advocate that the adoption of the device is not a uniform social fact as differentiated gender patterns appear in mobile communication. The aim of the study is to examine divergences in specific usages of the device and mobile communication motives in a random sample of male and female students aged 12-18 years old from a semi-urban area of Greece. The results from non-parametric tests of Mann-Whitney U and Pearson Chi-Square and parametric t-tests show significant differences in the intensity of mobile communication, the usages of specific features and the motives of mobile communication between teenage male and female users. These preliminary findings indicate that gender may leave its imprint on specific aspects of mobile communication that are likely to be associated with gender stereotypes deeply embedded in the socialization processes. It is recommended that future studies should apply a mixed method approach in order to acquire a thorough understanding of the interrelated processes between the social construction of gender and the adoption of technological achievements such as the mobile devices.
|Keywords:||Mobile Communication, Gender Socialization, Digital Divide, Teenagers|
Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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