Social Indicators Research

, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 229–233 | Cite as

The Cell Phone, Constant Connection and Time Scarcity in Australia

  • Michael BittmanEmail author
  • Judith E. Brown
  • Judy Wajcman


There can be little doubt that the cell phone is one of the most rapidly diffused devices in the history of technological innovation. Worldwide there are now over 1.7 billion cell phone accounts, 600 million more cell phones services than fixed lines (Castells et al. 2007). Many contemporary social scientists have seen the social effects of diffusion of portable information and communication technologies (ICTs) as signaling a historical watershed. For example, Virilio (2000) has asserted that ICTs, including the cell phone have transformed proximity, so that it is now based on time rather than place.

The capacity of cell phones to operate regardless of location gives rise to new patterns of continuous mediated interactions (Agar 2003; Katz and Aakhus 2002; Licoppe and Smoreda 2006). While Nicola Green (2002) argues that mobile technologies afford novel opportunities for intensifying strong ties, others presume these technologies encourage work problems to ‘spillover’ and...


Cell Phone Time Pressure Mobile Technology Male Employee Communication Traffic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Bittman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Judith E. Brown
    • 1
  • Judy Wajcman
    • 2
  1. 1.Discipline of Sociology, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social SciencesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Research School of Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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