At this point of the book, the concept of ‘digital housekeeping’ is introduced and applied in the context of the overall investigation. Based on existing research, digital housekeeping tasks and responsibilities are broken into three subcategories to facilitate analysis: hardware installation and configuration, digital content and software management, and transfer of knowledge within the family. In the Finnish, Italian and Slovenian families in this study, digital housekeeping tasks, especially those related to software, were typically assigned to the young warm expert(s) in the family. In hardware-related matters, the family’s digital housekeeper could also be someone else, such as the father of the family. The chapter concludes with the suggestion that a family’s digital housekeeping tasks and responsibilities are likely to become reorganized and redistributed as its members grow older, it changes shape or its older family members develop more digital skills.
KeywordsDigital home Digital housekeeping Home maintenance Household chores Housekeeping Technology purchases Warm experts
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