Mobile Sentimental Education

Attachment, Recognition, and Modulations of Intimacy

Authored by: Amparo Lasén

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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On October 10, 2012 a member of the Spanish Web forum 1 posted a message titled “my girlfriend doesn’t answer on WhatsApp since 9am,” referring to the cross-platform mobile messaging application, which allows exchanging of messages without paying for them. Posts and threads about couple life, relationships, and the use of mobile media within the couple are quite common in this and other similar message boards. The post included a snapshot of his phone screen taken at 21.32 showing the exchange of messages with his girlfriend, revealing that she had not answered him during the day.

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