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A Study on the Effect of Communication Functioning of Smartphones on Information Acquisition: The Case of South Korea  

Lee, Seungmin (Department of Library and Information ScienceSookmyung Women’s University, Republic of Korea)
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Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice / v.4, no.3, 2016 , pp. 28-42 More about this Journal
Smartphones have become one of the most prevalent information devices in the current information environment. Although many people use smartphones for communication and information acquisition, these two functions are closely related and cannot be separated. However, many studies have focused on identifying each function of a smartphone independently. There are few studies that investigate the relationships between communication and information acquisition functions on smartphones. This research empirically analyzed and identified the relationships between these two functions of smartphones by conducting a survey. The results of the analysis showed that the activities for information acquisition make differences in communication on a smartphone. People who want to acquire more information tend to use a smartphone for communication purposes. Besides, communication activities on a smartphone also affect the acquisition of information. In addition, communication activities on a smartphone also affect the establishment of interpersonal relationships that lead to the acquisition of more information. From these results, it is identified that communication activities and information acquisition are interrelated when satisfying the information needs of smartphone users. Especially, communication activities on a smartphone positively affect people's information activities and enhance information acquisition.
Smartphones; Communication; Information acquisition; Information activity;
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