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First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996, First Monday has published 1,507 papers in 233 issues, written by 2,073 different authors. First Monday is indexed in Communication Abstracts, Computer & Communications Security Abstracts, DoIS, eGranary Digital Library, INSPEC, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, LISA, PAIS, Scopus, and other services.

This month: October 2015
Following the Joneses: FOMO and conspicuous sociality
The proliferation of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and its siblings (FOBO, FODA, MOMO, FODO) can be understood as envy-related anxiety about missed experiences and belonging. Beyond feelings, people who speak of FOMO also speak of it as a behavior, most often as a compulsivity (a conspicuous sociality) and as an illness to be remedied. Although FOMO is often seen as a recent phenomenon, it is indeed a continuation of a centuries-old concern about media-prompted envy and anxiety.
Also this month
Kawaii meiru and Maroyaka neko: Mobile emoji for relationship maintenance and aesthetic expressions among Japanese teens
Drawing on interviews conducted between 2006 and 2010 in Japan, this paper examines the functions of emoji. The results highlight two functions of emoji in the context of mobile interactions: emoji allow Japanese teens to manage their communication climate as well as to construct and express their aesthetic selves. Further research is needed to investigate to what extent these interaction norms, symbolic meanings, and electronic emotions are applicable to various cultural contexts in the era of smart phones.




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