The impact of mobile phone use on social capital development

A preliminary study in South Korea

Song Yang, Sherah Kurnia, Heejin Lee, Seongcheol Kim

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Social capital is one of the influential concepts in social science to understand contemporary societies. It has been found to influence many aspects of social life, directly or indirectly. It is also increasingly explored in relation to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Nevertheless, social capital is a challenging variable to research, in part because of its multiple divergent definitions and measures. This paper presents and conducts a preliminary test of a model for understanding how ICT affects social capital. The model hypothesizes that the changes in social capital caused by ICT result from some degree of mobility in social interaction obtainable by using ICT over time. Principally, three types of mobility - temporal mobility, spatial mobility and contextual mobility - are identified. The preliminary test, using mobile phones as an example of ICT, was conducted in South Korea, which is one of the leading countries in mobile technology development. All three types of mobility are found to be important in explaining the impacts of mobile phones on social capital.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event12th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Leveraging ICT for Resilient Organizations and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific Region, PACIS 2008 - Suzhou, China
Duration: 2008 Jul 32008 Jul 7

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Other12th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Leveraging ICT for Resilient Organizations and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific Region, PACIS 2008
CountryChina
CitySuzhou
Period08/7/308/7/7

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Yang, S., Kurnia, S., Lee, H., & Kim, S. (2008). The impact of mobile phone use on social capital development: A preliminary study in South Korea. Paper presented at 12th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Leveraging ICT for Resilient Organizations and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific Region, PACIS 2008, Suzhou, China.
Yang, Song ; Kurnia, Sherah ; Lee, Heejin ; Kim, Seongcheol. / The impact of mobile phone use on social capital development : A preliminary study in South Korea. Paper presented at 12th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Leveraging ICT for Resilient Organizations and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific Region, PACIS 2008, Suzhou, China.
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2008. Paper presented at 12th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Leveraging ICT for Resilient Organizations and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific Region, PACIS 2008, Suzhou, China.

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