1887
Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0957-6851
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9838
USD
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes

Abstract

A phenomenological study reveals Chinese mothers’ perception and interpretation of smartphone (tablet) in their everyday communications and interactions with their young children. In total, 23 in-depth interviews were used to collect data. Data of the current study indicated that Chinese mothers’ perception of smartphone (tablet) in their everyday lives’ communication and interaction with young children is both grounded and reflective of their parenting philosophy and family communication style. Data of the current study indicated that today’s Chinese mothers have a mixed feeling toward the role of smartphone and tablet plays in their parenting practices. According to those participants, the smartphone and tablet both help and hurt their communications and interactions with their children. There are both direct and indirect benefits of using smartphone for parenting. Similarly, the smartphone (tablet) also hurts Chinese mothers’ communications and interactions with their children directly and indirectly.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1075/japc.27.1.06che
2017-05-11
2019-10-18
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Aleti, T. , Brennan, L. , & Parker, L.
    (2015) Family communication for the modern era: a typology. Young Consumers, 16(4), 367–384. doi: 10.1108/YC‑01‑2015‑00500
    https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-01-2015-00500 [Google Scholar]
  2. Attane, I.
    (2012) Being a women in China today: A demography of gender. China perspectives, 4, 5–15.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Bell, G.
    (2006) The age of the thumb: A cultural reading of mobile technologies from Asia. Knowledge, Technology, & Policy19(2), 41–57. doi: 10.1007/s12130‑006‑1023‑5
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s12130-006-1023-5 [Google Scholar]
  4. Castells, M. , Fernandez-Ardevol, M. , Qiu, J. L. , & Sey, A.
    (2007) Mobile communication and society: A global perspective. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Chao, R.
    (1994) Beyond parental control and authoritarian parenting style: Understanding Chinese parenting through the cultural notion of training. Child Development, 65, 1111–1119.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Chua, A.
    (2011) Why Chinese Mothers are Superior. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved fromhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Clark, L. S.
    (2013) The parent app: Understanding families in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. CNNIC
    CNNIC (2015, January). Chinese Internet development report. Available atwww1.cnnic.cn/IDR/ReportDownloads/201507/P020150720486421654597.pdf
  9. Corbin, J. & Strauss, A.
    (2008) Basics of qualitative research (3rd ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Crowe, R. & Middleton, C.
    (2012) Women, smartphones and workplace: Pragmatic realities and performative identities. Feminist Media Studies, 12(4), 560–569.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Dalsgaard, T. , Skov, M.B. , Stouggard, M. , & Thomassen, B.
    (2006) Mediated intimacy in families: Understanding the relation between children and parents. IDC, June7–9, Tampere, Finland. doi: 10.1145/1139073.1139110
    https://doi.org/10.1145/1139073.1139110 [Google Scholar]
  12. Devitt K. & Poker D.
    (2009) The role of mobile phones in family communication. Children & Society, 23, 189–202. doi: 10.1111/j.1099‑0860.2008.00166.x
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2008.00166.x [Google Scholar]
  13. IPSOS
    IPSOS (2011, November). Chinese smartphone market investigation. Available atwww.art-ad.com/150.htm
  14. Katz, J. E.
    (2006) Magic in the air: Mobile communication and the transformation of social life. New Brunswick, NY: Transaction Publishers.
    [Google Scholar]
  15. Kvale, S.
    (1983) The qualitative research interview: A phenomenological and a hermeneutical mode of understanding. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 14(2), 171–198.
    [Google Scholar]
  16. Ling, R. & Donner, J.
    (2009) Mobile communication. Malden, MA: Polity.
    [Google Scholar]
  17. Madianou, M.
    (2014) Smartphone as polymedia. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19 (3), 667–680. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12069
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jcc4.12069 [Google Scholar]
  18. Madianou, M. & Miller, D.
    (2011) Mobile phone parenting: Reconfiguring relationships between Filipina migrant mothers and their left-behind children. New Media & Society, 13(3), 457–470. doi: 10.1177/1461444810393903
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444810393903 [Google Scholar]
  19. Maxwell, J. A.
    (2013) Qualitative research design: An interactive approach (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    [Google Scholar]
  20. McCracken, G.
    (1988) The Long Interview. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781412986229
    https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412986229 [Google Scholar]
  21. Moran, D.
    (2000) Introduction to phenomenology. New York, NY: Routledge.
    [Google Scholar]
  22. Moustakas, C.
    (1994) Phenomenological research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781412995658
    https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412995658 [Google Scholar]
  23. Palen, L. & Hughes, A.
    (2007) When home base is not a place: Parents’ use of mobile phones. Journal of Personal & Ubiquitous Computer, 11(5): 339–348. doi: 10.1007/s00779‑006‑0078‑3
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-006-0078-3 [Google Scholar]
  24. Rakow, L. F. , & Navarro, V.
    (1993) Remote mothering and the parallel shift: Women meet the cellular telephone. Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 10, 144–157. doi: 10.1080/15295039309366856
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15295039309366856 [Google Scholar]
  25. Smith, J. , Flowers, P. , & Larkin, M.
    (2009) Interpretative phenomenological analysis: Theory, method and research. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
    [Google Scholar]
  26. Thompson, C. , Locander, W. , & Pollio, H.
    (1990) The lived meaning of free choice: An existential-phenomenological description of everyday consumer experiences of contemporary married women. Journal of Consumer Research, 17, 346–361. doi: 10.1086/208562
    https://doi.org/10.1086/208562 [Google Scholar]
  27. Uy-Tioco, C.
    (2012) Overseas Filipino workers and text messaging: Reinventing transitional mothering. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 21(2), 255–265.
    [Google Scholar]
  28. Weisskirch, R. S.
    (2009) Parenting by cellphone: Parental monitoring of adolescents and family relations. Journal of Youth Adolescence, 38, 1123–1139. doi: 10.1007/s10964‑008‑9374‑8
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-008-9374-8 [Google Scholar]
  29. Wu, A.
    (2016, April). Basic situation of Chinese women. Available atwww.womenofchina.cn/survey.htm
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1075/japc.27.1.06che
Loading
/content/journals/10.1075/japc.27.1.06che
Loading

Data & Media loading...

  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Chinese mother , communication , family communication , mobile , parenting and smartphone
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error