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Media Life of the Young

Journal article
Authors Oscar Westlund
Jakob Bjur
Published in Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 21-41
ISSN 1103-3088
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 21-41
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/1103308813512934
Keywords gaming, generation, internet, media life, media usage, mobile, television, young
Subject categories Media and Communications

Abstract

This is a thorough investigation into contemporary young people and their media life. The article conceptualizes a typology of media life, drawing on a theoretical body involving the sociology of generations, life course research, media life and individualization. This empirically derived typology makes a strong instrument for an understanding of the media life of the young, furnishing insights into how they have constructed their use of media. The investigation is based on a robust national survey with Swedes born 1994-2001, conducted in 2010 and focusing on four media: television, gaming, the Internet and mobile devices. Two of the findings are particularly surprising. Firstly, the results reveal that the young generally lead heterogeneous media lives, varying with age and sex. Secondly, although some young people literarily live their life in media, there are also de facto young who live a life without media. This is particularly pronounced for gaming and mobile use. © 2014 SAGE Publications and Young Editorial Group.

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