Unga vuxnas upplevelser av Internet Communities
: En studie om hur virtuell gemenskap kan utveckla socialt kapital och lärande

  • Behailu Tefera

    Student thesis: University Diploma


    The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of young adults concerning the virtual community of Internet communities and how it affects their health and learning. The study is based on public health educational perspective and was based on a qualitative study. During the execution of the study, eight individuals participated in individual interviews. In the background I illustrate how technological progress changes the social interaction in society. Increased communication through Internet community has contributed for peoples to have greater social network without physical barriers. The problem area was that the growing use of online communities can cause dependence, which in return can lead to sedentary lifestyles. Stress and lack of sleep were the symptoms that have been shown to be prevalent. In the literature review I illustrate the importance of social capital, physical health and even learning with multimedia. In the discussion I discuss the importance of social capital related to the virtual community and how it may affect health and learning. My conclusion is communication through the Internet comunities has become everyday issue and that it can affect people’s health and learning. Also that it may be an important factor for health and learning.

    Date of Award2011-Mar-02
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorBengt Selghed (Supervisor), Ingemar Andersson (Supervisor), Göran Ejlertsson (Examiner) & Elisabet Malmström (Examiner)

    University credits

    • 30 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)
    • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


    • community
    • virtual community
    • social health
    • digital divide
    • multimedia
    • learning

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