Cristin-resultat-ID: 1966659
Sist endret: 4. januar 2022, 11:33
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2021
Resultat
Vitenskapelig artikkel
2021

Young people's use and experience of the Internet during the COVID-19 lockdown: Well-being and social support

Bidragsytere:
  • Petter Bae Brandtzæg og
  • Marika Lüders

Tidsskrift

First Monday
ISSN 1396-0466
e-ISSN 1396-0466
NVI-nivå 1

Om resultatet

Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2021
Publisert online: 2021
Trykket: 2021
Volum: 26
Hefte: 12
Open Access

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Tittel

Young people's use and experience of the Internet during the COVID-19 lockdown: Well-being and social support

Sammendrag

No studies we are aware of have explored youth’s experiences of the association between their Internet use and well-being during the COVID-19 lockdown. To fill this void, we used survey data of a representative sample (N = 734) of young Norwegians (16–26 years old) collected a few weeks into the lockdown in May 2020. Findings show a substantial increase in use of several Internet activities — in particular, video calls and streaming services. Snapchat and Messenger were the most important services used to keep in touch with friends. Online social support significantly predicts higher well-being, while heavy Internet use during a regular lockdown day significantly predicts low well-being, particularly among older females. Analysis of free text responses shows that excessive Internet use during lockdown has led to poor well-being among many, both mentally (38 percent) and physically (17 percent). Many describe purposeless online scrolling or interactions as problematic. We conclude that future research on online well-being should focus more on perceived level of meaningful online activities.

Bidragsytere

Aktiv cristin-person

Petter Bae Brandtzæg

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon ved Universitetet i Oslo
  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Sustainable Communication Technologies ved SINTEF AS

Marika Lüders

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon ved Universitetet i Oslo
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