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On the emotional attachment to mobile phones in everyday life


Lucía Merino

Universidad del País Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, ES
About Lucía

Lucía Merino Malillos es investigadora postdoctoral en el departamento de Sociología II de la Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, donde desarrolla su proyecto de investigación postdoctoral sobre los usos cotidianos del teléfono móvil. Ha sido investigadora visitante en la Universidad de Loughborough (Reino Unido), en la Universidad Libre de Berlín y en el Programa McLuhan de la Universidad de Toronto. En 2010 defendió su tesis doctoral "Nativos digitales: una aproximación a la socialización tecnológica de los jóvenes", bajo la dirección del doctor Javier Echeverría, por la que obtuvo el premio Injuve de tesis doctorales en ese mismo año.

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Mobile phones have become critical tools through which people carry out essential activities in everyday life. Therefore, the sociological importance of these technological tools is increasing. This paper explores the daily relationship people have with mobile phones, paying special attention to the emotions experienced when using their devices. Based on qualitative fieldwork, the paper will explain the importance of emotional attachment to mobile phones in order to understand their integration into everyday life; as well as address the main emotional and affective meanings developed by the users towards their mobile phones derived from their physical/tactile experience/interaction with the devices.

How to Cite: Merino, L., 2017. On the emotional attachment to mobile phones in everyday life. Digithum, (19), pp.37–46. DOI:
Published on 15 Jan 2017.
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