Understanding mobile phone usage while driving: mini-bus and taxi drivers' experiences in Istanbul

Ronan De Kervenoael, Canan Devletkuşu

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In emerging markets, the amount of mobile communication and the number of occasions mobile phones are used are increasing. More and more settings appropriate or not for mobile phone usage are being exposed. Although prohibited by many governments, there is evidence that use of new mobile devices while driving are somehow becoming current everyday practice, hence legitimatizing usage for many users. Dominant dangerous behavior in the absence of enforced legal framework is being deployed and has become routine for many m-users. This chapter adopts a qualitative case study approach (20 cases) to examine the public transport drivers' motives, logic and legitimacy processes. The question which these issues raise in the light of advancing m-technologies is: How do, in the context of emerging market, undesired emerging routines enactment get to be reflected upon and voluntarily disregarded to maximize the benefits of m-technologies while minimizing their drawbacks? Findings point out at multiple motives for usage including external social pressure through the ubiquitous 24/7 usage of mtechnology, lack of alternative communication protocol, real time need for action and from an internal perspectives boredoms, lack of danger awareness, blurring of the boundaries between personal and business life and lack of job fulfillment are uncovered as key factors. As secondary dynamic factors such as education, drivers work' histories, impunity, lack of strong consumer opposition appear central in shaping the development of the routines. © 2011, IGI Global.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile information communication technologies adoption in developing countries
Subtitle of host publicationeffects and implications
EditorsAhmed G. Abdel-Wahab, Ahmed A.A. El-Masry
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6169-2820-9
ISBN (Print)1-6169-2818-2, 978-1-6169-2818-6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


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