Evolving Mobile Media: Uses and Conceptualizations of the Mobile Internet
Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, 18, 4, 491-507.
von Pape, Thilo
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Technological convergence has led to the ability to access the internet from a variety of mobile devices.
Drawing on the Mobile Phone Appropriation Model (Wirth, von Pape&Karnowski, 2008), we sought
to understand how people conceptualize and use the mobile internet by conducting semistructured
interviews with 21 mobile internet users, half American and half German in order to explore
cross-cultural differences. Findings suggest little cross-cultural difference in use and understanding of
the mobile Internet. Users do not perceive the act of ‘‘going online’’ as a significant step, even if it is
on a mobile device. They do, however, distinguish between different ways of consuming information
online (extractive and immersive), relating them to different situations and devices.