Time and Space on Skype: Families Experience Togetherness While Apart | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Volume 10, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN: 1539-7785
  • E-ISSN: 2048-0717

Abstract

Skype, a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) system, allows people to communicate through text, audio, and visual exchanges across short or great distances. At less than a decade old, it hosts the interaction of as many as 30 million people at one time (Skype, 2011). Its services, some free and others for fee-based, are especially valuable to fragmented families. This is despite the limits of technology to truly allow for "being" and "keeping" in touch while apart. Skype may create the illusion of being together because it brings distant sounds and images closer. However, it also may simultaneously emphasize the distance between people. The screen that draws us together also may keep us apart. Through phenomenology, the researcher presents some facets of the Skype experience. Particular attention is given to how families encounter time and space using a technology designed to overcome distant time and distant space.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1386/eme.10.3-4.303_1
2011-07-10
2024-05-24
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1386/eme.10.3-4.303_1
Loading
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error