Love in Cyber space

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Love in Cyber space
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2006
English abstract
Internet has become an increasingly usual way for people to contact each other, to flirt, fall in love and start relationships. How does this development influence today’s young people with intellectual disabilities? The presentation will present a picture of the Internet experiences of some of today’s adolescents with intellectual disabilities and of the surrounding world’s view on this usage of Internet. The presentation is based on a qualitative study in which 10 young people with intellectual disabilities and 12 staff members were interviewed. The results show that young people with intellectual disabilities of today also use Internet mainly for social and love life reasons. They view Internet as a positive arena where they can be “like everybody else” and therefore they generally present themselves without mentioning their disabilities. However, their surrounding world tends to worry considerably, mainly focusing on the risks involved in this usage of Internet.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Love
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology, NACS 29th Annual Meeting, Göteborg, Sweden, September 7 – 10, 2006
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