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Simic, Sheila
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Simic, S. & Giritli Nygren, K. (2015). Visual representations 'the young generation' from the standpoint of young girls. In: Katja Gillander Gådin and Claudia Mitchell (Ed.), Being young in neoliberal time: challenges and possibilities for resistance and social change.: . Mid Sweden University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visual representations 'the young generation' from the standpoint of young girls
2015 (English)In: Being young in neoliberal time: challenges and possibilities for resistance and social change. / [ed] Katja Gillander Gådin and Claudia Mitchell, Mid Sweden University , 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mid Sweden University, 2015
Series
Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet, ISSN 1654-5753 ; 7
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26599 (URN)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved
Zimic, S. (2014). Internetgenerationen bit för bit: Representationer av IT och ungdom i ett informationssamhälle. (Doctoral dissertation). Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet
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2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to gain a deeper understanding in relation to the construction of a ‘Net Generation’. With regards to the idea of an information society, technologies and young people are given certain positions, which are not in any sense natural but are socially constructed. This thesis explores these socially given meanings and shows what types of meanings are prioritized and legitimized. The exploration is conducted by examining, both externally and internally, given meanings of a generation identity. The external (nominal identification) in this study is understood as the construction of an abstract user and is studied by means of academic texts concerning the ‘Net Generation’. The internal (virtual identification) involves young people’s construction of their generation identity and is studied by means of collage. The collages are used to understand how the young participants position themselves in contemporary society and how they, as concrete users, articulate their relationship with information technologies.

 

The findings show that the ‘type of behavior’ which is articulated in the signifying practice of the construction of the abstract user, ‘Net Generation’, reduces users and technology to a marketing / economical discourse. In addition the idea of the abstract user implies that all users have the same possibilities to achieve ‘success’ in the information society, by being active ‘prosumers’. The concrete users articulate that they feel stressed and pressured in relation to all the choices that they are expected to make. In this sense, the participants do not articulate the (economical) interests as assumed for the ‘Net Generation’, but, rather articulate interests to play, to have a hobby and be social when using information technologies.

 

What this thesis thus proposes, is to critically explore the ‘taken for granted’ notions of a technological order in society as pertaining to young people. Only if we understand how socially given meaning is constructed can we break loose from the temporarily prioritized values to which the position of technology and users are fixed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2014. p. 193
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 189
Keywords
Net Generation, information technology, young generation, abstract user, concrete user, collage, signifying practices, critical exploration, Internetgeneration, informationsteknik, ung generation, abstrakt användare, konkret användare, kollage, meningsskapande praktiker, kritiskt perspektiv
National Category
Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21926 (URN)978-91-87557-61-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-09, O102, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2014-05-12 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-05-12Bibliographically approved
Zimic, S. & Dalin, R. (2011). ACTUAL AND PERCEIVED ONLINE PARTICIPATION AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN SWEDEN. In: Thomas, M (Ed.), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology, and the New Literacies (pp. 137-150). London: Routledge
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2011 (English)In: Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology, and the New Literacies / [ed] Thomas, M, London: Routledge, 2011, p. 137-150Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2011
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16315 (URN)000290898300010 ()2-s2.0-84920571408 (Scopus ID)978-0-203-81884-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-05-28 Created: 2012-05-28 Last updated: 2015-03-10Bibliographically approved
Zimic, S. (2011). Predicting the participation in information society. In: Interactive Media Use and Youth: Learning, Knowledge Exchange and Behavior (pp. 207-221). IGI Global
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Predicting the participation in information society
2011 (English)In: Interactive Media Use and Youth: Learning, Knowledge Exchange and Behavior, IGI Global, 2011, p. 207-221Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The approach in this chapter is to recognize what is said to be important regarding the feeling of participation in the information society. The perceived feeling of participation is assumed to be an important indicator for young people's online experiences. In previous research, digital skills and other related concepts such as self-efficacy and a relationship with technology are shown to be important in order to be able to participate in the information society. In this case, there is an exploration into the amount that social factors, digital skills, self-efficacy and a relationship with technology are able to explain the variance in perceived feelings regarding participation. It has been determined that education, selfefficacy, instrumental computer skills, information skills and strategic skills can explain 22 percent of the variance in the perceived feeling of participation. This implies that young people themselves might define other factors as being more important with regards to participation in the information society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global, 2011
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-24521 (URN)10.4018/978-1-60960-206-2.ch012 (DOI)2-s2.0-84898571375 (Scopus ID)978-160960206-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-03-13Bibliographically approved
Zimic, S. (2010). OPENING THE BOX: Exploring the presumptions about the 'Net Generation'. (Licentiate dissertation). Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
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2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There are many names or labels which refer to the generation growing up with digital media and these include labels such as ‘Net Generation’ (Tapscott, 1998), ‘digital natives’ (Prensky, 2001), ‘cyberkids’ (Holloway, 2003) and ‘MySpacegeneration’ (Rosen, 2008). The core idea behind these labels is that young people who have grown up surrounded by digital technology are very different to previous generations in their way of using and even thinking about the new digital technology. This appears to be reinforcing a generational divide and makes the assumption that young people can be categorized into one group in relation to their use of ICTs. The approach in this thesis is to empirically explore, in order to nuance, some of these presumptions about the ‘Net Generation’ (defined according to Tapscott). Thus, the research question is: How can the presumptions about the ‘Net Generation’ be nuanced?

The following three presumptions have been explored within the three papers included in the thesis: i) The ‘Net Generation’ diverges from previous generations in relation to the use of internet; ii) The ‘Net Generation’ is techno-savvy or digitally competent; iii) The digitally competent ‘Net Geners’ are also digital participants since there is a causal relationship between digital competence and digital participation. The explorations are conducted by using the theoretical concepts ‘digital skills’, ‘self-efficacy’ and ‘participatory culture’. Several hypotheses,deduced from previous research, have been tested on a national representative sample of people born between the years 1978 and 1997 (categorised as the ‘Net Generation’). The results show that ‘Net Geners’ internet usage is diversified;hence, it is simplified to talk about them as a homogeneous group. Those included in the categorisation have different opportunities to participate in the digital society. Their internet usage differs both in terms of how much time they spend and what they do online. Their digital skills and self-efficacy in the use of computers are also different and so is the perceived feeling of participation in the information society. This implies that the ‘Net Geners’ do not have equal conditions in relation to participation in the digital society. However, what is meant by participation is still an unresolved question which requires further exploration.

Abstract [sv]

SAMMANDRAG

Idag beskrivs ofta generationen som vuxit upp med internet och digitala medier i termer av att vara en ”internetgeneration” (Tapscott, 1998), "digitala infödingar" (Prensky, 2001), "cyberkids" (Holloway, 2003) eller "MySpace-generation" (Rosen, 2008). Dessa antaganden bygger på att det finns en generationsskillnad i förhållningssätt till internet, d.v.s. att ”internetgenerationen” är de som är kunniga och vana internetanvändare till skillnad från äldre generationer som inte helt naturligt kan ta till sig den nya digitala tekniken. Avhandlingens syfte är att empiriskt undersöka ett antal antaganden om ”internetgenerationen” för att ta reda hur dessa kan nyanseras. Således är frågeställningen: Hur kan antaganden om "internetgenerationen" nyanseras?

 

Följande tre antaganden har utforskats inom de tre artiklarna som ingår i avhandlingen: i) "internetgenerationen" skiljer sig från tidigare generationer när det gäller användningen av internet, ii) "internetgenerationen" är tekniskt kunniga eller digitalt kompetenta; iii) den digitalt kompetenta "internetgenerationen" är också digitalt delaktig eftersom det finns ett orsakssamband mellan digital kompetens och digital delaktighet. För att empiriskt undersöka antagandena om internetgenerationen har teoretiska koncept så som ”digital skills”, ”self-efficacy” samt ”participatory culture” använts. Ett antal hypoteser som deducerats utifrån tidigare forskning har testats på ett riksrepresentativt urval av personer födda mellan 1978 och 1997 (de som tillhör internetgenerationen). Resultaten visar att det är en förenklad bild att prata om en internetgeneration. De som ingår i den kategoriseringen har olika förutsättningar att delta i det digitala samhället. Deras internetanvändning skiljer sig åt både när det gäller hur mycket tid de spenderar samt vad de gör online. Deras digitala kompetens och självförtroende när det gäller användning av datorer skiljer sig också åt och det gäller även den upplevda känslan av delaktighet i informationssamhället. Detta indikerar att inte alla har samma förutsättningar att vara delaktiga i det digitala samhället. Vad som däremot innebär att vara delaktig är fortfarande en obesvarad fråga som behöver ägnas mer uppmärksamhet i framtida studier.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2010. p. 112
Series
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948 ; 50
Keywords
'Net Generation', presumptions, deconstruction, digital competence, digital participation
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12189 (URN)978-91-86694-08-1 (ISBN)
Presentation
2010-11-29, O 111, Holmgatan 10; 851 70 Sundsvall, Mid Sweden University, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2010-11-03 Created: 2010-11-02 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Zimic, S. (2009). Not so ‘techno-savvy’: Challenging the stereotypical images of the ‘Net generation’. Digital Culture & Education, 1(2), 129-144
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2009 (English)In: Digital Culture & Education, ISSN 1836-8301, E-ISSN 1836-8301, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 129-144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is often argued that young people growing up in the presence of the Internet and new media are ‘techno savvy’. They are often distinguished as a new generation because of their relationship with new media,which is assumed to be considerably different, in comparison, to older generations. This new generation has also been characterized as the ‘Net generation’ (Tapscott, 1998). However the stereotypical images of ‘net geners’—being technologically savvy—have rarely been questioned. This article aims at nuancing these images with the objective of exploring the stereotypical images, rather than proving if the images are true or false. By using a statistical representative study of Swedish people’s Internet behaviour and linking the results to an analytical frame of Internet skills, the question, “what is it young people know when it comes to the Internet use and how is it related to the stereotypical image of the ´Net generation’?” is explored. The main findings suggest that various Internet activities differ by age and few activities could be ascribed solely to the so-called ‘Net generation’.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Digital Culture & Education, 2009
Keywords
Net generation, stereotypical images, Internet skills, self-efficacy, techno-savvy
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11278 (URN)
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-02-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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