Internet use and time use: the importance of multitasking

Kenyon, Susan (2008) Internet use and time use: the importance of multitasking. Time and Society, 17 (2-3). pp. 283-318. ISSN 0961-463X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Scholars are beginning to question the impacts of the Internet for the conceptualisation of time and time use. However, discussion in terms of the impacts of the Internet for multitasking has been absent from this debate. Multitasking has, until recently, been a 'forgotten dimension' of time use research. The phenomenon has long been recognised as important, yet it is only in the past decade that time use researchers have begun seriously both to record and analyse related data. Such studies have shown that a more fully informed understanding of the true extent of time use and activity participation can emerge through the consideration of multitasking. This, in turn, can present a more accurate picture upon which measures of change in time use can be assessed. This paper is concerned with an exploratory discussion of the impact of the inclusion of multitasking data upon perception of change in time use as a result of Internet use. Following theoretical discussion, the paper presents evidence from a longitudinal, diary-based panel study with c. 100 participants and a questionnaire survey with 1,000 participants. The paper explores the prevalence of multitasking and reveals clear implications of Internet use for the same, concluding that those seeking to understand the influence of Internet use upon time use must include multitasking in their analysis, if they are to avoid an incomplete and potentially misleading account of time use (and change therein) in the information age.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Annual Meeting of the International-Sociological-Association Durban, South Africa, JUL 29, 2006
Uncontrolled keywords: diary study; Internet; multi-tasking; time use
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunications > TK5105 Data transmission systems > TK5105.5 Computer networks > TK5105.875.I57 Internet
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Susan Kenyon
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 11:35
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 09:08
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13230 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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