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Really “Dead Time”? Mobile Media Use and Time Perception in In-between Times

  • Stephan O. GörlandEmail author


Mobile phones are ubiquitous, even in the most private rooms. Particularly former supposedly unproductive times are highlighted in debates about the changes in our daily life. In this context an often-repeated allegation is that these unproductive periods of time are now “occupied” by the smartphone. Moments in which there is no media use seem to become rarer at the same time. Simultaneously, these in-between moments are also an example of an (supposed) acceleration of life with the fact, that we optimise former “dead times”.

This paper wants to focus on these in-between moments and discuss furthermore the time perception of the time periods. Due to the solely smartphone use it can be shown, that these moments have an accelerated sense of time.


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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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