On the gendered nature of mobile phone culture in Israel

Dafna Lemish*, Akiba A. Cohen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Data from surveys and personal interviews were used to analyze gendered patterns and contexts of the mobile phone use of Israelis. The findings suggest that the mobile phone has become an everyday, highly regarded, multipurpose interpersonal communication device rather than a working tool. Both men and women discussed their perceptions of the role of the mobile phone in their lives in quite a traditional gendered manner-activity and technological appropriation for men and dependency and domesticity for women. At the same time, the actual phoning habits and attitudes of users point to a pattern of domestication of the mobile phone and even feminization of its consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalSex Roles
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • Discourse
  • Gender
  • Israel
  • Mobile phone
  • Technology


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