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Virtual mobility, time use and the place of the home

Författare och institution:
Bertil Vilhelmson (Kulturgeografiska institutionen); Eva Thulin (Kulturgeografiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Economic and Social Geography, TESG, 99 ( 5 ) s. 601-617
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The virtual access offered by information and communications technology (ICT) has entered homes to an unprecedented degree – with disputed socio–spatial consequences. This paper explores whether people’s use of time and space has changed with increasing access to ICT, and it considers the role of the home and the displacement of mobile and stationary activities. Data from the Swedish Time Use Surveys for 1990–1991 and 2000–2001 reveal structural tendencies, while a panel study of urban youth details ongoing change processes. Findings indicate that from 1991 to 2001, the Swedish population spent over 80 per cent more time on virtual mobility; physical travel and media consumption also increased, albeit slightly. The total time spent at home remained stable, though certain groups, young men particularly, significantly increased both time spent at home and ICT use. The panel study found that individuals who substantially increased inhome computer use spent more time alone at home and less time socialising; they also spent less time travelling and watching television. The amount of ICT use adapted to the available free time.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Social och ekonomisk geografi
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virtual mobility, ICT, time use, displacement, Sweden
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2008-12-17 19:36

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