Smartphones and Chilean Social Identity: A Tool to Cope with and Manage Rural to Urban Migration
As our global society is becoming increasingly digitalized, the resulting social transformations are extremely important to investigate, as their implications are vast and incumbent. In my research I have addressed one of the many possible aspects of these social transformations through a specific examination of the impacts the smartphones have on the social identity of youth in rural Chile as they migrate to the city in search of education and employment. This project uses the following frameworks to explore rural to urban migration: Social Identity Theory- membership to a social group is most important in self-identity and the Spectrum of Belonging- a model created in order to explore how smartphone devices impact individuals sense of belonging with rural social group, as they move to the city. Results signal that smartphones have the social power to connect, maintain and create new relationships across distance and can also be damaging devices that distracts, alienates and divides individuals from others.