Journal article

Digital socialization: young people's changing value orientations towards internet use between adolescence and early adulthood

Jonathan Smith, Belinda Hewitt, Zlatko Skrbis

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This study investigates emerging differences among young people in their judgements about the benefits and risks of internet use. To ascertain how and why diverse values and practices emerge, and their implications for young people's careers and relationships, we examined influences on youth internet use over a five-year period between adolescence and early adulthood. Qualitative interviews were conducted with a subset of young Australians (n = 20) who participated in the longitudinal study Social Futures and Life Pathways (‘Our Lives’), in the year after high school (aged 17–18 years). Participants were strategically selected using survey data on their academic and social internet-use patte..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the generous support of the Australian Research Council (DP0557667/DP0878781/DP130101490). For information about the Our Lives project visit: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/ourlives/.