Media life of the young

Oscar Westlund, Jakob Bjur

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalYoung - Nordic Journal of Youth Research
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)21-41
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • young, generation, media life, television, Internet, gaming, mobile, media usage


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