Constant and instant notifications - youth experiences of online security, relations and information in La Paz/El Alto

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Constant and instant notifications - youth experiences of online security, relations and information in La Paz/El Alto
Author(s) Nordeman, Anna-Therese
Date 2014
English abstract
Several studies explore new technology and social media usage, especially in the global North. This study set out to investigate what kind of experiences and opinions youth in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia, had of their internet and communication technology usage, through semi-structural interviews, at the same time comparing the possible differences in this between LGBT and non-LGBT youth. That way I am trying to add a perspective and voice in the new media discourse, as well as adding to the knowledge of my partner organization, Svalorna Latinamerika. I decided to focus on three main online activities; security issues, relationship building and information management, and the nine informants were encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences as well as information about their general ICT usage. The results showed that the youth’s internet usage was depending more on their interest in the different media and platforms, rather than on their sexual orientation or gender. The LGBT informants however had more experiences of discrimination and threat online. Also, all of the informant’s seemed to create new relations not only to other users online, but also to the platforms and media itself, this depending on how much they were using the platforms. Finally I could see that the informants could satisfy many different needs with their ICT and social media use, depending on their interests, resources and time spent online.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 50
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) La Paz/El Alto
Social media
Online experience
LGBT
Information management
Relations online
Online security
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17904 (link to this page)

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