MOBILE SOCIAL WORK

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How mobile phones and social media keep us connected

Always connected

Mobile Social Work focusses on two topics in relation to social work: mobile phones and social media. The close connection between the two topics can be seen in a recent study conducted by analytics company IDC, sponsored by Facebook. One of the main results: smartphones users check Facebook 14 times per day. IDC conducted an online survey of 7,446 18-44 year old iPhone and Android smartphone owners in the U.S.. The study was designed to understand how smartphone owners use their phones over the course of a day and the week, with an emphasis on social and communication applications and services.

In their research report IDC says …

…the key finding is that mobile + social = connectedness. Smartphones, coupled with rich applications and mobile data services, allow us to connect with our family, friends and community from the moment we wake up until the end of our day. Our research shows that, rather than feeling overwhelmed by it, we enjoy and value this increased social connectedness.

Today, half of the total US population uses smartphones. The convenience of being able to interact with anyone, anytime, anywhere, makes the phone a more critical tool than ever before.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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