Asynchronous Adaptations to Complex Social Interactions

By on January 29th, 2014 in Societal Impact

Asynchronous Adaptations to Complex Social Interactions*
T&S Paper by Sally Applin and Michael Fischer Winter 2013
Centre for Social Anthropology & Comput., Univ. of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Abstract: The permeation of the mobile platform is creating a shift in community behavior. What began with a few individuals, has now quickly replicated as many people communicate not only through mobile phones, but through smartphones that are multi-functioning communications computers. Mobile devices have broadened people’s capability and reach, and within that context, people have adapted their behavior to adjust to communications “on the go.” In this article we explore how multiplexed networked individuated communications are creating new contexts for human behavior within communities, particularly noting the shift from synchronous to asynchronous communication as an adaptation.