Understanding Digital Technology as Everyday Experience
This chapter starts by providing a brief overview of existing research in Cyberpsychology and then sets out a revised approach which is pursued throughout the book. Existing Cyberpsychology research has inherited a great deal from the ‘media effects’ tradition, and there are limitations to this positivist, objective stance when it comes to explaining the everyday use of digital technologies. In contrast, the approach to Cyberpsychology proposed here takes into account the effects of social context and subjective experience. In order to do this, the book examines different life stages and life orientations as significant in framing our digital interactions, giving them meaning and purpose.
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