Youth's Emotional Attachment to Mobile Phones
As part of my postdoctoral research project, in this paper I am going to explore the current daily relationship young people have with mobile phones, paying special attention to the emotional side of this relationship. I will argue that youth’s emotional attachment to mobile phones is decisive to understand how mobile phones are socially integrated and taken for granted in their everyday live.
In this sense, I will explore the different emotional dynamics produced when using mobile phones, considering two dimensions: the more direct attachment to the device itself and the baste amount of communicative options enabled through the tool.
Based on quantitative (online survey) and qualitative (semi structured interviews) fieldwork, I will complement the more theoretical proposal with the empirical analysis of youth’s emotional attachment to mobile phones in the context of the Basque Country (Spain).