FROM MOTOROLA DYNATAC TO APPLE IPHONE 10 PLUS: RESPONSES ON THE USE OF MOBILE TELEPHONY TECHNOLOGY FROM A UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Samuel Adu-Gyamfi

Abstract


The study focuses on the evolution of telecommunication in Ghana and examines the social, economic, religious and academic impacts that mobile phones have on the Ghanaian society and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in particular. It adopted a qualitative approach. Data was collected using questionnaires and interviews. Simple random sampling and convenience sampling were both employed in the selection of participants for the study. The results show that most phone users prefer to use their phones to make voice calls than to send text messages. Observations and responses from the respondents showed that students and general users of smart phones had easy access to information. The use of smart phones had positive and adverse impact on some of the people within the university community and on the studies of students in particular.

Keywords


Mobile Phones, Phone Calls, Text Messaging, Browsing, Surfing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/SMS-17-9-1-05

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236