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From emojis to memes, we connect and make meaning with tech.

New phone, who dis? From emojis to memes, our devices and platforms are changing how we connect with each other. How do our relationships and cultural norms evolve and transform alongside technology? How do we push back?

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Cell phone subscriptions surpass human population

Graph depicting the rate of mobile phone subscriptions surpassing the global population.
Graph depicting the rate of mobile phone subscriptions surpassing the global population.

By 2015 there were more cell phones in use than people on Earth according to United Nations International Telecommunication...

Year of the selfie

"Selfie" became the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year. Selfies, or self-portraits taken with mobile phones, became a...

Rise of cyberbullying

Photo of a young person hanging their head, holding a mobile phone, swarmed by harassing text messages.
Photo of a young person hanging their head, holding a mobile phone, swarmed by harassing text messages.

Cyberbullying has escalated as more people connect online, affecting many, especially youths. Persistent, invasive, and...

First car phone call

An engineer demonstrates a car phone five months before the historic first call on a competing company’s commercial mobile telephone service in 1946.
An engineer demonstrates a car phone five months before the historic first call on a competing company’s commercial mobile telephone service in 1946.

AT&T's Bell System introduces the Mobile Telephone Service was introduced. The first MTS call was made in 1946 in St....

– Anonymous, San Francisco, CA

Describe a significant moment in your life that involved a mobile phone.

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Photo showing how grayscale mode makes social media apps less appealing.

Switching a smartphone to grayscale mode helped people reduce their screen time by 18% in one study.

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