Multitasking: Digital Natives’ Interaction with New Media

  • Tuba Uğraş
  • Sevinç Gülseçen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8019)


We aimed to analyze multitasking behaviors of digital natives in Turkey while interacting with new media, within the scope of the following questions: What kind of multitasking behaviors do digital natives exhibit? How does being a multitasker influence digital natives’ interaction with new media? We used dominant-less dominant, quantitative-qualitative sequential mixed research method. The target group is teenagers, aged from 13 to 17 as being digital natives. The sample size is 494 in the quantitative part; 10 in the qualitative part. According to the results, the rate of being a multitasker among digital natives is very high. Multitaskers think multitasking is a very natural behavior and they feel very comfortable with it. On the other hand, there are some negative issues regarding multitasking, such as losing attention.


Digital natives Multitasking New media Cognitive load Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuba Uğraş
    • 1
  • Sevinç Gülseçen
    • 2
  1. 1.Yildiz Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Istanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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