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Going Native with the Digital : Practices, Values, and Innovation in the Information Age

Glöss, Mareike LU (2011) TKAM01 20111
Division of Ethnology
Abstract (Swedish)
Digital technologies have become a part of everyday life, and are now taken for granted, especially by younger generations – the Digital Natives. This new generation of users has grown up surrounded by information technology and therefore embedded the digital into their habitus. They have mastered to combine digital and non-digital artifacts in order to adopt their everyday networks to their individual needs.
This thesis seeks to understand the everyday practices and materiality in in the information age from the perspective of the Digital Natives.
Therefore, a combination of observation and interviews with university and high school students was conducted in order to gain insights into the experiences of digital everyday life. Hereby,... (More)
Digital technologies have become a part of everyday life, and are now taken for granted, especially by younger generations – the Digital Natives. This new generation of users has grown up surrounded by information technology and therefore embedded the digital into their habitus. They have mastered to combine digital and non-digital artifacts in order to adopt their everyday networks to their individual needs.
This thesis seeks to understand the everyday practices and materiality in in the information age from the perspective of the Digital Natives.
Therefore, a combination of observation and interviews with university and high school students was conducted in order to gain insights into the experiences of digital everyday life. Hereby, he focus lies in the particular understanding of how Digital Natives are constructing and stabilizing networks that are evolving around their practices with digital technologies. By building upon a theoretical foundation of Actor-Network-Theory and Phenomenology, the analysis aims toward an in-depth understanding of the diversity among users of new technologies.
In the latest years there has been an increasing importance of cultural analysis in user-centered design and innovation. Designers strive to develop products that contain a certain value for the user – functional but also social and emotional. The thesis therefore reflects upon the potential of cultural analysis in innovation research and how its application can help to develop an image of the user of tomorrow. (Less)
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author
Glöss, Mareike LU
supervisor
organization
course
TKAM01 20111
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Actor-Network-Theory, Innovation, Digital Age, Technology, Everyday Life, Phenomenology, Material Culture, Design, Qualitative Methods, MACA
language
English
id
1887154
date added to LUP
2011-09-13 09:02:20
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2011-09-13 09:02:20
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  abstract     = {Digital technologies have become a part of everyday life, and are now taken for granted, especially by younger generations – the Digital Natives. This new generation of users has grown up surrounded by information technology and therefore embedded the digital into their habitus. They have mastered to combine digital and non-digital artifacts in order to adopt their everyday networks to their individual needs.
This thesis seeks to understand the everyday practices and materiality in in the information age from the perspective of the Digital Natives. 
Therefore, a combination of observation and interviews with university and high school students was conducted in order to gain insights into the experiences of digital everyday life. Hereby, he focus  lies in the particular understanding of how Digital Natives are constructing and stabilizing networks that are evolving around their practices with digital technologies. By building upon a theoretical foundation of Actor-Network-Theory and Phenomenology, the analysis aims toward an in-depth understanding of the diversity among users of new technologies.
In the latest years there has been an increasing importance of cultural analysis in user-centered design and innovation. Designers strive to develop products that contain a certain value for the user – functional but also social and emotional. The thesis therefore reflects upon the potential of cultural analysis in innovation research and how its application can help to develop an image of the user of tomorrow.},
  author       = {Glöss, Mareike},
  keyword      = {Actor-Network-Theory,Innovation,Digital Age,Technology,Everyday Life,Phenomenology,Material Culture,Design,Qualitative Methods,MACA},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Going Native with the Digital : Practices, Values, and Innovation in the Information Age},
  year         = {2011},
}