1st Edition

Permanently Online, Permanently Connected Living and Communicating in a POPC World

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    Permanently Online, Permanently Connected establishes the conceptual grounds needed for a solid understanding of the permanently online/permanently connected phenomenon, its causes and consequences, and its applied implications. Due to the diffusion of mobile devices, the ways people communicate and interact with each other and use electronic media have changed substantially within a short period of time. This megatrend comes with fundamental challenges to communication, both theoretical and empirical. The book offers a compendium of perspectives and theoretical approaches from leading thinkers in the field to empower communication scholars to develop this research systematically, exhaustively, and quickly. It is essential reading for media and communication scholars and students studying new media, media effects, and communication theory.


    Chapter 1: A brief history of individual addressability: The role of mobile communication in being permanently connected

    Chapter 2: The Permanently Online and Permanently Connected Mind: Mapping the Cognitive Structures behind Mobile Internet Use

    Chapter 3: Methodological Challenges of POPC for Communication Research

    Chapter 4: Reconceptualising uses and gratifications vis-à-vis smartphone applications: The case of WhatsApp

    Chapter 5: Always On? Explicating Impulsive Influences on Media Use

    Chapter 6: Permanence of Online Access and Internet Addiction

    Chapter 7: Multitasking: Does It Actually Exist?

    Chapter 8: Threaded Cognition Approach to Multitasking and Activity Switching in a Permanently Online and Permanently Connected Ecosystem

    Chapter 9: Living in the moment: Self-Narratives of Permanently Connected Media Users

    Chapter 10: Getting the Best Out of POPC While Keeping the Risks in Mind: The Calculus of Meaningfulness and Privacy

    Chapter 11: The Experience of Narrative in the Permanently Online, Permanently Connected Environment: Multitasking, Self-Expansion, and Entertainment Effects

    Chapter 12: Being POPC together: Permanent Connectedness and Group Dynamics

    Chapter 13: POPC and Social Relationships

    Chapter 14: Between Surveillance and Sexting: Permanent Connectedness and Intimate Relationships

    Chapter 15: Growing Up Online: Media Use and Development in Early Adolescence

    Chapter 16: Being Mindfully Connected – Responding to the Challenges of Adolescents living in a POPC World

    Chapter 17: Permanent Connections Around the Globe

    Chapter 18: The POPC Citizen: Political Information in the Fourth Age of Political Communication

    Chapter 19: The Networked Young Citizen as POPC (permanently online, permanently connected) Citizen

    Chapter 20: Permanent Entertainment and Political Behavior

    Chapter 21: POPC and Well-Being: A Risk-Benefit Analysis

    Chapter 22: Being permanently online and being permanently connected at work: A demands-resources perspective

    Chapter 23: The Dose Makes the Poison: Theoretical Considerations and Challenges of Health-Related POP


    Peter Vorderer is a professor of media and communication studies at the University of Mannheim. Previous affiliations include the University of Toronto, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, the University of Southern California, and the VU University of Amsterdam. He served as president of the International Communication Association (ICA) from 2014 to 2015. His research focuses on media use and media effects with a special interest in entertainment research and new media and how permanent connectedness with others via mobile devices changes individuals and society at large.

    Dorothée Hefner is a research associate at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Her research focuses on (permanent) mobile phone use and digital connectedness and their antecedents, as well as implications for interpersonal communication, political information, and individual well-being.

    Leonard Reinecke is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. His research focuses on media uses and effects, media entertainment, and online communication. He has conducted research on various aspects of media use and well-being, including media-induced recovery from stress and strain and the interaction of media use and self-control.

    Christoph Klimmt is a professor of communication at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Beyond research on media entertainment, video games in particular, he is interested in media effects in news, advertising, risk, health, and science communication. Klimmt is currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Media Psychology.