Understanding How Communication Technologies Matter to Youths

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Türkmen A., Aliyev B.

XIX. European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences January 30-31, 2019 – Rome, Italy., Rome, Italy, 30 - 31 January 2019, pp.20

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.20
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This research investigates the following matter: (a) how to use specific information and communication technologies (ICT),(b) how this experience of technology is experienced and interpreted by youths and (c) how youths relate to technology in their daily lives. In this context, youths have gained a network-connected perspective that emphasises their technology involvements. This network-related perspective focuses on the dynamic connections between youth’s individual development, social change and technological innovations. Such a point of view places youths on online and offline relational networks as a shared attachment to one another. In the connection between technology and learning skills to navigate and negotiate these networks, it recognizes that youths as actors, who involvement into intense emotions. Simultaneously, it shows youths, technology involvements as adolescents, social and technological contexts and continuous cultural change arises. Practically, this study advocates multi-faceted ethnographic research practices as well as orienting the concept of harmony between field, methodology and phenomena. The data were first gathered by four interviews with young people under the age of 15-18 and four focus groups and by the researchers diving through a semester in the education department with technology computer laboratory. Three themes of how technology assigns importance to youth emerged: Fun, comfort and connections. The patterns of emotional experience revealed the simultaneous existence of conflicting emotions, stimulating and overwhelming when they engaged in certain activities such as instant messaging. Examples of self-bit examples: closing in. These conceptualizations are related to the network-related theories regarding the self that comprise the bits. This research concludes with a network-connected perspective to take steps to understand the habit of technology to raise comprehensive socio-cultural matters. In addition, this research argues youths’ importance to recognize complexities that shape human technology connections in order to help them successfully negotiate into a new sense of self.