Universität Zürich Soziologisches Institut der Universität Zürich Prof. Dr. Hans Geser

Online Publications

Sociology of

the  Mobile Phone




Mobile information and Communication Systems
International Telecommunication Union
SCILS Center for Mobile Communication Studies


Blogs, Text Collections
and Media

Japan Ministry of Information & ns Statistics

mobile communication. Mobile Entertainment, Mobile Advertizing and Mobile Marketing


Human Technology



Informationszentrum Mobilfunk

Stern Telefon

International Telecommuniocation Union: Publications

Abiro - Mobile News

B R I G H T - mobile



Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect

Stefanie Krieger


Marikaya - Raimo


mediatope II

MEX - the strategy forum for mobile user experience


Mobile Africa News

Mobile Community Design

Mobile Mentalism

MobileCowboys: Nederlands populairste Mobile weblog


mobilemonday at Yahoo! Groups

Open Gardens

Pocketinfo - RSS feed



Small Surfaces

Smart Mobs

Telecompaper Headlines

Telecomwereld - Nieuws (RSS)



Wireless Utopia

Xellular Identity by Xen Mendelsohn


Discusssion groups and discussion pages


Online Texts

Geser, Hans (2007): Patterns of multi-channel communication among older teens - html - pdf
Geser, Hans  (2006): Are girls (even) more addicted? Some gender patterns of cell phone usage - html -   pdf
Geser, Hans  (2006): Pre-teen cell phone adoption: consequences for later patterns of phone usage and involvement - html -   pdf
Geser Hans (2006) Is the Cell Phone undermining the Social Order?
Geser, Hans (2004): Towards a Sociological Theory of The Mobile Phone   Release 3.0, March 2004  html    pdf
Aftelak, Andrew et. al. (2005): Group Coordination for Mobile Families
Agnelli, Davide et al. (2004): Fashion Victims: an unconventional research approach in the field of mobile communication  pdf
Agre, Philip E. (2001): Changing Places: Contexts of Awareness in Computing. (Human-Computer Interaction 16 (2-3)
Arnold, M. (2003): On the Phenomenology of Technology: the Janus-faces" of mobile Phones
Bachen, Christine (2001): The Family in the Networked Society. 
Barkhuus, Louise (2003): How to Define the Communication Situation: Context Measures in Present Mobile Telephony
Barkhuus, Louise and Anind Dey (2003): Is Context-Aware Computing Taking Control Away from the User? Three Levels of Interactivity Examined
Barry, Michael and Yu, LiAnne (2002): The Uses and Meaning of I-mode in Japan
Chen, Yi-Fan and Lever, Katie (2005): Relationships among mobile phones, social networks, and academic achievement: A comparison of US and Taiwanese college students
Colbert, Martin (2002): A Diary Study of Rendezvousing: Group Size, Time Pressure and Connectivity
Crabtree, James et. al. (2003): MobileUK. Mobile Phones and Everyday Life
Crandall, Jordan (2005): Operational Media
Döring, Nicola (2001): "1x Brot, Wurst, 5Sack Äpfel I.L.D." Kommunikative Funktionen von Kurzmitteilungen (SMS)
Döring, Nicola (2002): "Kurzm. wird gesendet" – Abkürzungen und Akronyme in der SMS-Kommunikation
Döring, Nicola; Hellwig, Katharina and Klimsa, Paul (2004): Mobile Communication among German Youth
Fortunati, Leopoldina and Manganelli, Anna Maria (2002): Young People and the Mobile Phone
Fox, Kate (2001): Evolution, Alienation and Gossip - The role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century
Frohlich, David; Chilton, Kathy and Drew, Paul (1997): Remote Homeplace Communication: What is it Like and How Might We Support It? Interaction Technology Department HP Laboratories Bristol
Geser, Hans (2004): Towards a Sociological Theory of The Mobile Phone, Release 3.0, March 2004  html    pdf
Goetzenbrucker, Gerit (2005): Jugend im Netz? Effekte mobiler Kommunikation im Alltag Jugendlicher. Eine qualitative Studie im Ballungsraum Wien
Haddon, Leslie G. (2000): The Social Consequences of Mobile Telephony
Haddon, Leslie G. (2005) Communication Problems
Haddon, Leslie G. (2001): Time and ICTS
Haddon, Leslie G. (2002): Youth and Mobiles: The British Case and Further Questions
Harper, Richard (2004): People vs. Information: the evolution of mobile technology
Hatton, Les (2004): The rise of consumer price obfuscation in social networks: mobile/cell phone charging
Hedbring, Susanna (2002): Mobile Messaging Usability - Social and pragmatic Aspects

Horstmanshof, Louise (2004): Using SMS as a way of providing connection and community for first year students

Hurme, Pertti (2005): Mobile Communication and Work Practices in knowledge-based organizations
Ito, Mizuko (2004): Personal Portable Pedestrian. Lessons from japanese Mobile Phone Use 
Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke, Okabe (2004): Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging
Ito, Mizuko (2004): Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Re-Placement of Social Contact
Ito, Mizuko (2005): Intimate Visual Co-presence
Jungnickel, Katrina (2004): Urban Tapestries - sensing the city and other stories
Kindberg, Tim; Spasojevic, Mirjana; Fleck, Rowanne and Sellen, Abigail (2004): How and Why People Use Camera Phones
Koskela, Hille (2004): Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile Phones: Empowering Exhibitionism
Lane, Giles (2004): Public Authoring and Civil Society
Laughlin, Z. (2001): Mobile Phone Users: A Small-Scale Observational Study.
Levitt, Blake (2000): Cell-Phone Towers and Communities: The Struggle for Local Control
Ling, Rich (2000): Norwegian teens, mobile telephony and SMS-use in School
Ling, Rich (2001): The diffusion of mobile telephony among Norwegian teens: A report from after the revolution.
Ling, Rich (1997) "One can talk about common manners!": the use of mobile telephones in inappropriate situations.” In Haddon, L (ed). Themes in mobile telephony. Final Report of the COST 248 Home and Work group, Telia, Farsta
Ling, Rich and Yttri, Brigitte (1999): "Nobody sits at home and waits for the telephone to ring". Micro and hypercoordination through the use of the mobile telephone
Ling, Rich and Yttri, Brigitte (1999): "Nobody sits at home and waits for the telephone to ring". Micro and hypercoordination through the use of the mobile telephone
Ling, Rich (2000): “We will be reached’: The use of mobile telephony among Norwegian youth.” Information technology and people 13 (2), 102-120 
Ling, Rich (2000): "The impact of the mobile telephone on four established social institutions." Presented at the ISSEI2000 conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Bergen Norway, 14 – 18 August
Logemann, Niels und Feldhaus, Michael (2002): Zwischen SMS und download – Erste Ergebnisse zur Untersuchung der neuen Medien Mobiltelefon und Internet in der Familie
Lorente, Santiago (2002) Youth and Mobile Telephones: More than a fashion
Lowry, Dianne and Moskos, Megan (2005): Hanging on the Mobile Phone. Experiencing Work and Space Flexibility
Maris, Claire Lobet and Henin, Jaurent (2002): Talking without communicating or communicating without talking: from the GSM to the SMS
MGAIN (2003): Mobile Entertainment Industry and Culture
Mitrea, Oana Stefana (2006): Understanding the Mobile telephony usage patterns
Okabe, Daisaku et. al. (2005): Location-Based Moblogging as Method: New Views into the Use and Practice of Persona, Social, and Mobile Technologies
Okabe, Daisuke (2004): Emergent Social Practices, Situations and Relations through Everyday Camera Phone Use
Okabe, Daisuke (2004): Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Replacement of Social Contact
Oksman, Virpi and Rautiainen, Pirjo (2002): I've got my whole life in may hand
Oulasvirta, Antti (2005): Grounding the Innovation of Future Technologies
Palen, Leysia; Salzmann, Marilyn and Youngs, Ed (2001): Going Wireless: Behavior & Practice of New Mobile Phone Users  

Paterson, Andrew (2003): Re-Appropriating Urban Space: Confessions of a Potential Mobile Graffiti-Artist

Paulos, Eric; Anderson, Ken and Townsend, Anthony (2004): UbiComp in the Urban Frontier
Pertierra, Paul (2005): Mobile Phones, Identity and Discursive Intimacy
Plant, Sadie (2000): On the Mobile, The effect of mobile telephones on social and individual life
Rivière, Carole-Anne (2002): Mini-messaging in everyday interactions: a dual strategy for exteriorising and hiding privacy to maintain social contacts
Roos, J. P. (1993): Sociology of cellular telephone: The nordic model (published in Telecommunications policy Vol 17, Nr 6, August 1993 
Roos, J. P. (2001): Postmodernity and Mobile Communications. ESA Helsinki Conference, Aug. 2001
Schmidt, Albrecht et. al. (2001): Context Phonebook - extending Mobile Phone Applications with Context
Sheridan, Jennifer G.; Dix, Alan; Lock, Simon and Bayliss. Alice (2004): Understanding Interactions in Ubiquitous Guerilla Performance in Playful Arena
Sonnemann, Ingrid (2004): Kommunikation im Wandel, Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks auf die Gesellschaft
de Souza e Silva, Araujo, Adriana (2004): From Multiuser Environments as (virtual) Spaces to (hybrid) Spaces as Multiuser Environments
Struppek, Mirjam (2002): Interaktionsfeld Öffentlicher Raum im digitalen Zeitalter (pdf)
Taylor, Alex S.: Phone Talk  Local Forms of Subversion
Taylor, Alex S. and Harper, Richard (2003): The gift of the gab?: a design oriented sociology of young people’s use of mobiles
Tuters, Marc (2004): The Locative Commons: Situating Location-Based Media in Urban Public Space
Vehovar, Vasja; Belak, Eva; Batagelj, Zenel and Čikić, Sanja (2004): Mobile Phone  Surveys: The Slovenian Case Study
Vershinskaya, Olga (2002): Mobile Communication. Use of Mobile Phones as a Social Phenomenon - The Russian Experience
Villi, Mikko (2007): Mobile Visual Communication. Photo Messages and Camera Phone Photography
Vincent, Jane, Haddon, Leslie G. and Hamill, Lynn (2005): The influence of Mobile Phone Users on the Design of 3G Products and Serrvices
Wei, Carolin and Kolko, Beth E. (2007): Studying Mobile Phone Use in Context: Cultural, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Mobile Phone Use
Weilenmann, Alexandra (2003): "I can't talk now; I'm in a fitting room."
Weilenmann, Alexandra and Larsson, Catrine (2000): Collaborative Use of Mobile Telephones: A Field Study of Swedish Teenagers
Wellman, Barry (1999): The Network Community. An Introduction to  Networks in the Global Village 
Wellman, Berry (2001): Physical Place and CyberPlace. The Rise of Personalized Networking. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25
William, Matthew and Mankins, David (2003): Location Linked Information
World Telecommunication Development Report (2002): ‘Reinventing Telecoms’ & Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2002 ‘Effective Regulation’. (ITU 15.3.02)
Yu, LiAnne; Louden, Gareth and Sacher, Heilo (2002): BuddySync: Thinking Beyond Cell Phones to Create A Third-Generation Wireless Application: for U.S. Teenagers for U.S. Teenagers

Last update: 18 Apr 14


Prof. Hans Geser
Soziologisches Institut

der Universität Zürich

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