||As technology develops, smartphones are at once changing lifestyles and also pushing surveillance to a new peak. Smartphone functions like apps, location-based services (LBS), and global positioning system (GPS) enable the archival of users’ information into databases for subsequent broadcast via social media, allowing other users in the same social circle to obtain this information. The main goal of this study is to investigate the transformation of surveillance and privacy with regard to information collected by smartphones and revealed to social media within the context of mobile technology and computer-mediated communication.|
This study adopts the experience sampling method and in-depth interviews. The results of the study indicate that convenience and portability lead to opportunities for surveillance. These opportunities change with users’ attitudes and usage behavior, influencing personal interactions. In addition, surveillance is controlled by users, and it becomes social surveillance through monitoring from smartphones. As a consequence, the definition of privacy changes, and the degree to which individuals are sensitive to privacy influences the boundaries of the private and public spheres. Furthermore, owing to the prevalence of smartphones, surveillance is becoming a new social style, creating a society of perpetual surveillance.