Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 201

Article in Press

Smartphone Practice and Lifestyle: The Case of urban Iran

Hossein Kermani

  •  Received: 15 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 15 June 2018
This paper explores the relationship between smartphone practices and lifestyle in urban Iran. Recently, the use of smartphones has dramatically increased in Iran and this trend is expected to impact users’ lifestyle in the everyday context. So to test this hypothesis, I follow use the notion of “lifestyle” advanced by Pierre Bourdieu to offer an analysis of this changing trend. I choose the sample based on purpose sampling and doing the research through online survey. The number of participants was 219. The results underscore the research hypothesis, but they also indicate the use of smartphone is not a powerful indicator to explain the lifestyle variance. The Pearson correlation was 0.42but ANOVA test confirmed that only 0.17 percentage of lifestyle variance is explained by the use of smartphone. Further analysis showed that other variables like gender, education and age do not have predicting effect on lifestyle, however income plays a role.

Keywords: Smartphone, Lifestyle, Cultural Consumption, Leisure Activities, Iran.