From “being tethered” to “going unplugged”: media addiction and the role of unplugging as a transformative tool of digital literacy.

Gerodimos, R., 2017. From “being tethered” to “going unplugged”: media addiction and the role of unplugging as a transformative tool of digital literacy. In: Abreu, B., Mihailidis, P., Lee, A., Melki, J. and McDougall, J., eds. International Handbook of Media Literacy Education. Routledge.

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Abstract

Concerns about the effects of media on consumers have been around for as long as media themselves. The recent emphasis on the impact of new media brings to mind earlier fears about the effects of television on children. However, the extent to which many people today appear constantly ‘tethered’, or even addicted, to their digital and mobile devices has renewed our interest in the physiological, psychological and sociological side-effects of media dependence. This chapter reviews the literature and evidence on digital media uses and habits so as to map potential effects and patterns of problematic use. Furthermore, it presents evidence suggesting that practical media literacy interventions – such as participating in a 24 hour ‘unplugging’ exercise – can be very potent in facilitating reflexivity of one’s media uses, creating awareness of the benefits and risks of media use, and ultimately enabling a more balanced lifestyle.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9781138645509, 9781138645493
Number of Pages:430
Uncontrolled Keywords:media ; young people ; digital media ; addiction ; dependence ; domestication ; bedroom culture ; unplugging ; youth ; uses and gratifications
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:29635
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Aug 2017 13:40
Last Modified:30 Aug 2017 13:40

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