What is Mobile Communication Studies?

Mobile communication is, at the basic technical level, the distribution by, or the exchange of, data from devices that can be moved physically with relative ease. However, at the Center for Mobile Communication Studies we consider mobile communication technologies and processes from social scientific viewpoint. That is why we call our unit the “Center for Mobile Communication Studies,” in which the word “studies” connotes our focus on the human uses, meanings and co-construction that arise from those data. Our gamut is wide; we look at all forms of mobile communication technology, ranging from pagers and cell phones to Google Glass and gaming platforms. Our disciplinary interests are also broad-ranging, and include the disciplines of psychology, sociology, philosophy and political science. The kinds of issues we concern ourselves with encompass everything from the individual through the family to organizations and governmental bodies.