“Utan sociala medier har jag varit supersocial”
: En netnografisk studie av vad som sker när nätgenerationens aktiva användare av sociala medier går offline.

  • Sandra Bengtsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Abstract

    Much of people's everyday communication is today digital, taking place in a virtual world in which people are often more present than in the actual world. This paper deals with the consequences of active users of the net generation going offline from social media for a week. The results in this paper are based on empirical data gathered through a netnographic study carried out by observing and following 12 participants' experiences on how they were affected by being without social media for a week. Data generated in this study is the result of the participants' personal diaries, 12 completed surveys and two interviews. The purpose of the study is to find out what happens when you go against the grain in today's society and log out: How you will be affected and how it is received by the suroundings. The study shows that the participants found it difficult to be without social media at the beginning, but that they, after the study, could see several positive effects with being offline. The majority of the respondents experienced some relief in not being constantly available online. The results of this study show that the use of social media is mostly a routine habit, which you can manage without. The participants of this study have lacked communication through social media in several job and school contexts, otherwise they don’t believe that they have missed something of greater value online during the time as offline. The result also shows that the majority of the participants felt better to be offline than online, and that they will be more observant of their social media use in the future and try to cut it down. The participants consider it to be much more worthwhile to be present in the real world than in the virtual world, that they has been more social without social media. This study is an important contribution of knowledge for designers in digital technology, as studies addressing non-use is a relatively unexplored area. Mapping this kind of the non-use can be a good method to help designers to design good and user-friendly design in the future. I see this study as a preliminary study for future research of non-use where the study is ongoing for a long time.

    Date of Award2016-Nov-03
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorMårten Pettersson (Supervisor) & Kari Rönkkö (Supervisor)

    Educational program

    • Digital design

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Human Computer Interaction (10204)

    Keywords

    • social media
    • digital communication
    • physical communication
    • offline
    • millennials
    • netnography

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