There are few people in Australia today without a mobile phone, or an opinion about them. It has become one of the most common objects that we carry on our person: it's always phone, wallet and then like anything else? Nup.' (RP03, 2006: i/v) For this reason, the mobile phone is uniquely positioned as a tool for framing and grounding the user's identity and sense of personal agency. The mobile phone imparts feelings of independence, offering a sense of individual freedom, fluidity and mobility. However, our consent to to its constant presence delivers a paradox. We are also very connected and relentlessly contactable. This paper explores how the mobile phone affects, and is affected by, our personal sense of identity.
Mobile Media 2007. Mobile Media 2007. Proceedings of an International Conference on Social and Cultural Aspects of Mobile Phones, Convergent Media and Wireless Technologies (Sydney 2-4 July, 2007) p. 67-74