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Title: Visual Representations of Digital Connectivity in Everyday Life
Authors: Martin, W
Pilcher, K
Keywords: Ageing digital;Everyday life;Social connections;Space and time
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (2017)
Abstract: This paper draws on data from the empirical study Photographing Eve-ryday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space funded by the ESRC, UK. The focus of the project was to explore the significance of the ordinary and day-to-day and focus on the everyday meanings, lived experiences, practical ac-tivities and social contexts in which people in mid to later life live their daily lives. The research involved a diverse sample of 62 women and men aged 50 years and over who took photographs of their different daily routines to create a weekly visual diary. This diary was then explored through in-depth photo-elici-tation interviews to make visible the rhythms, patterns and meanings that underlie habitual and routinized everyday worlds. The data was analysed using the soft-ware Atlas Ti. The analysis highlighted: (1) the increasing importance of digital connectivity and the ways in which people in mid to later life actively engage (and resist) technologies of communication in their daily lives; and (2) the sig-nificance of embodied co-presence and the immediacy of shared space and/or time. Exploring the routines, meanings, and patterns that underpin everyday life has therefore enabled us to make visible how people build, maintain and experi-ence their social and virtual connections, and the ways in which digital devices and information technologies are being incorporated into (and resisted) within daily life.
ISSN: 0302-9743
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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