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An investigation into the conceptualisation of electronic communications by youth across different socio-economic groupings in the Launceston region

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posted on 2023-05-27, 17:54 authored by Rawlings, Brigid
The ubiquitous nature of electronic communication technology has enabled Australian youth to readily adopt such communication devices as mobile phones and the Internet. Relatively little research has been conducted into the ways in which these youth use this technology, and more specifically how this technology has framed their social perceptions. This research seeks to explore the impact of this technological usage has upon the social structures and interaction style of regional Australian youth. A series of four focus groups, selected from a range of socio economic backgrounds from a regional city in Tasmania, have been analysed qualitatively in order to gain insight into the participants' perceptions regarding electronic communications. The results surprisingly indicate a disparity across the socio economic groupings, and a sense that the socially constructive worlds in which these youth exist, varies noticeably from that which is characterised in the mass media, and is commonly understood by later generations. The implications of this research will impact upon the decision and policy makers, for controllers of mass communication and for provides of communication services.


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Thesis (MIS)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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