Mobile communications, social networks, and urban travel: Hypertext as a new metaphor for conceptualizing spatial interaction

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Abstract

The widespread use of mobile communications is leading to new practices in family life and social life, and these changes have significant implications for the study of urban travel. Because of the adoption of new modes of space-time coordination, changing time use and increasing mobility, changing use of existing urban nodes, the blurring of boundaries between home and work, the importance of social networks and social capital, and the shift to person-to-person connectivity, the spatial structure and processes of interaction among individuals have become much more complicated in this age of mobile communications. Static spatial frameworks based on fixed points (e.g., home or workplace) and distances among them are no longer adequate for understanding urban travel. The study of urban travel now needs new conceptualizations and new methodologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-446
Number of pages13
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activity patterns
  • Mobile communications
  • Social networks
  • Spatial interaction
  • Urban travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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