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ICTs and Generations – Constantly Connected Social Lives

Hardey, M.



Fausto Colombo

Leopoldina Fortunati


The role generations play in accepting and shaping digital technologies, and possibly vice versa, is an increasingly relevant issue in contemporary society. For the first time in the academic debate, this volume outlines the theoretical issues and explores some results from empirical researches on the relationship between generations and the media in digital society. The first part of the book deals with the theoretical debate on generations, from Mannheim's to the revisiting of some classical notions shaped by disciplines as history, demography, marketing and sociology. The second part gathers a selection of researches at international level, with particular attention to the European context. Though each research used specific methodologies, the main approaches focused on media domestication by young and old generations, and on the comparative analyses of different generations in adopting media.


Hardey, M. (2011). ICTs and Generations – Constantly Connected Social Lives. In F. Colombo, & L. Fortunati (Eds.), Broadband society and generational changes (97-109). Peter Lang

Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2011
Publication Date Aug 25, 2011
Deposit Date May 16, 2011
Publisher Peter Lang
Pages 97-109
Series Title Participation in broadband society
Book Title Broadband society and generational changes.
Chapter Number 5
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