Do Smartphones Affect How We Travel?

untitled-1398490-mIt’s no secret that we’re becoming more and more reliant on our cell phones. According to Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, 90% of American adults own a cell phone and 58% own a smartphone. Of those surveyed, 29% even went so far as to say they “couldn’t live without” their phone. But how do smart phones shape tourism experiences? Authors Dan Wang, Zheng Xiang and Daniel R. Fesenmaier discuss in their article “Smartphone Use in Everyday Life and Travel” from Journal of Travel Research.

The abstract:

The smartphone penetrates many facets of everyday life, including travel. As such, this article argues that since travel can be considered a special stage of technology use, JTR_72ppiRGB_powerpointunderstanding how the smartphone shapes the tourist experience cannot be separated from the way it is used in one’s everyday life. On the basis of a study of American travelers, this study uses adaptive structuration theory as a lens to identify a number of spillover effects from smartphone use in everyday life into travel. The results of this study offer several important implications for both research and practice as well as future directions for the study of mobile technology in tourism.

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This entry was posted in Change, Communication, Cultural Research, Entertainment, Generational Differences, Globalization, Groups, Measurement, Media, Social Media, Technology, Tourism, Travel and tagged , , , by Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing. Bookmark the permalink.

About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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