The Effects of Mobile Device Use and Presence on Perceptions of a Conversation Partner
Western Journal of Communication
This study examined the effects of mobile device use, and its mere presence, on in-person conversations. The study utilized an experimental design to replicate and advance existing scholarship on the impact of co-present device use and mere device presence on a conversation. This study examined how the presence of an unused device may hinder conversation, and the results did not replicate the mere presence effect. The study found participants reacted negatively to a confederate’s phone use, regardless of whether it was self- or externally initiated.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Western Journal of Communication on 05/09/2023, available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/10570314.2023.2202798. © 2023 Western States Communication Association. This article will be embargoed until 11/09/2024.
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Scott E. Caplan & John A. Courtright (2023) The Effects of Mobile Device Use and Presence on Perceptions of a Conversation Partner, Western Journal of Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2023.2202798