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Digital Gaming and Young People's Friendships: A Mixed Methods Study of Time Use and Gaming in School
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 32-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this mixed methods study, we investigate the impact of digital gaming on school social life among young people (17-19 year old) by combining over-time data investigating friendships as they form, with subjective experiences of friendships. We draw on one full cohort of Swedish pupils surveyed on three occasions during their first year in upper-secondary school (n = 115) and one interview sample of 10 game users. Results indicate that how much time young people spend on gaming is not a significant factor for friendship formation in the studied sample. Moreover, high-use did not make game users socially isolated or less popular in school. We discuss how young people adhere to ideals of responsible leisure in order to become adults; practising time-management strategies to make place for time-consuming leisure while not letting it impact personal relationships.

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2019. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 32-47
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Digital technology, leisure, media, peers, school, teenagers, youth transitions
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163821DOI: 10.1177/1103308818754990ISI: 000452286900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163821DiVA, id: diva2:1277347
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved

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