Study aims to find out if technology is changing society

Tasmania Examiner | May 8, 2013

By Rosita Gallasch

IS THE digital age changing the way we relate to each other?

This is the question University of Tasmania school of social sciences PhD candidate Ashlin Lee aims to get to the bottom of as part of his project, Of Human Beings and Intimate Mobile Machines: The role and experience of convergent mobile technologies in the lives of users.

Mr Ashlin said he had always had a broad interest in the role of technology in society and wanted to develop it further.

“This study is about what I define as convergent mobile technology,” he said.

“So I have a criteria for the devices themselves – I argue that these devices such as smart phones and tablets represent a new kind of artifact that we’re using in society today.

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