This chapter uses the ‘mobilities' lens to explore generational differences in terms of behaviour and attitudes surrounding mobile phone use in everyday public spaces. The mobile phone is a ready accomplice to all forms of contemporary mobility from the everyday and mundane activities within a given neighbourhood through to the global travels of the ‘kinetic elite' (Graham, 2002). As a communication device it provides a source of perpetual contact with significant others that enables the ongoing maintenance of emotional connections whilst on the move, attenuating feelings of physical and virtual proximity. Urry (2007) has suggested that an underlying motive for contemporary mobilities is the deep-seated human need for physical proximity with our significant others, within what others have described as an ‘ontology of connection' (Bissell, 2013). In short, our desire to be close to others drives our need to travel.
|Title of host publication||Intergenerational mobilities: relationality, age and lifecourse|
|Editors||Lesley Murray, Susan Robertson|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Oct 2016|
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Intergenerational mobilities: relationality, age and lifecourse on13/10/2016, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Intergenerational-Mobilities-Relationality-age-and-lifecourse/Murray-Robertson/p/book/9781472458766
Harley, D. (2016). Digital Inclusion and Public Space: The Effect of Mobile Phones on Intergenerational Awareness and Connection. In L. Murray, & S. Robertson (Eds.), Intergenerational mobilities: relationality, age and lifecourse (pp. 65-77). Abingdon: Routledge.