n Commonwealth Youth and Development - WOTS ur ASLR? Adolescent girls' use of cellphones in Cape Town

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



This article explores the way in which adolescent girls in Cape Town, South Africa, use a cellphone-based instant messaging service called MXit. Bosch addresses key issues such as the 'why' and 'how' of girls' use of MXit, and the role mobile telephony plays in forming identity. Although currently MXit is used primarily as a social tool, other uses need to be identified and explored. In South Africa, a significant percentage of adults have access to cellphones, as opposed to fixed lines or the Internet. Against this backdrop, the article argues that MXit can be used as an educational tool, since it offers a promising method of communicating for educational purposes.

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