DIVSI Study: Children, Youths and Young Adults in the Digital World
by Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet (DIVSI)
Social Division - Digital Division. Digital participation as a basis of social participation.
Which role does the internet play in the everyday life of children, youths and young adults? A study of the German Institute for Trust and Security on the Internet (Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet - DIVIS) has dealt with this question and has collected some interesting facts about this unattended field of research. In total the SINUS-Institute asked 1 000 children, youths and young adults between 9 and 24 years. The main issue of the analysis was not only the user habits of the minors, but also the accompanied logics of thinking and action as well as the social background of the respondents. Media usage in everyday life, privacy and identity, regulatory areas, trust and safer internet were central points of the analysis.
Generally we can say that young internet users are mainly online with a smart phone and that is why the borders between being online and offline are increasingly growing together. But we cannot assert that there is a connection between the number of Facebook friends and the number of close friends. Rather, the acquaintance (Facebook friends, personal acquaintances, close friends) is distinguished by the friendship of the degree and quality.
Digital media are firmly anchored in the lives of young people, but the behaviour in the network sometimes differs greatly
On the one hand the study shows, that to be active online for young people is a key element of social participation, but on the other hand, that social milieus can be found in digital spaces. Thus, the behaviour is different depending on online worlds, approaches to the Internet and trust and security on the Internet.
The entire study (in German language) can be viewed here.
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