Sociability Support for iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G is intended to be an immensely sociable device.  The iPhone offers features that make it very helpful to socialize with the outside world and cellphone users alike.  I would like to focus this blog on two of these features that are socially geared for the user to generate conversations and coordinate their lives.  The two features that best exemplify and facilitate these operations are the phone and texting features on the iPhone.

First, the phone feature obviously helps the user to socialize with people they come in contact with.  This feature assists the user in cycling through the formulas of conversation that we discussed in class.  The user with the phone feature can go through the normal pattern of conversation.  The user, after dialing the number of the person they want to talk to, can greet the person then start conversation “hand offs” pertaining to what the user wanted to talk about with the person on the other end of the line.  The users can also use “adjacency pairs” according what their surroundings are.  Usually the users can’t see each other which make the user have to describe in more detail about what they are talking about with more “hand offs”.  The user will also use conversational “breakdowns” when talking to the other caller.  The caller on the other end might get confused if the user is still on the line if they don’t respond to them right away.  The conversastion between callers could be informal or formal depending on who the user is talking to.

Secondly, the text feature allows the socialize with people in non-verbal typed conversations.  The conversation will tend to be not in a pattern like the phone feature disussed above depending on the receiver of the message.  The user may still go through some of the conversation formulas.  In general, the conversations will be more to the point of the information they want to get acrossed.  The conversation will be more segemented and informal because the receiver on the other end may not be able to respond right away.  There usually is a lapse in time between messages that are sent and received.  The text feature makes it harder to understand the other user’s tone enless they use punctuation to express their tone.  This feature and the phone feature make it impossible to see the other user’s gestures and facial expressions during the conversation.  Speech-Act Theory is involved in both of these features while the text feature is non-verbal and the phone feature is verbal.

These features help the user coordinate with other people both formally,informally, verbally and non-verbally.  The text feature allows the user to have an external representation of their conversation textually speaking.  These two features assist the user with awareness of who they are talking to and what is happening around in their environment.  This phone definitely facilitates social activity with the assistance of these mentioned features.


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