The anthropology of Mobile phones – Chipchase 2007

In his TED talk, Chipchase found that the three main items people carry with them are phone, wallet and keys. Not much has changed although, with the rapid innovation of smart phones, the wallet has combined with the phone with apps such as Apple pay, Samsung pay and internet banking. The purpose of carrying the phone is not just survival anymore but also as a form of entertainment. As the phone’s hold valuable information such as our social profile and important information, almost everyone’s identity is now mobile and vulnerable. With the recreation of phones with even more functions since 2007, Chipchase predicted the rapid adoption to be correct. Although unlike 2007, when phones are broken, they are no longer fixed but disposed of and a new phone is bought. His research on the point of reflection and centre of gravity is still seen today.


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