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The significance of the others:: A qualitative study of non-users of digital artifacts
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2015 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ON ICT, SOCIETY AND HUMAN BEINGS 2015 WEB BASED COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA 2015 / [ed] Piet Kommers, Guo Chao Peng, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This  paper  shows  the  difficulties in  clinging  to  accepted  understandings and  concepts  such  as  use  or  non-use  of  digital artefacts,  due  to  misleading  connotations.  In  line  with  the  ambition  to  find  concepts  that  better  match  the  ways  we currently live with digital artefacts, it is suggested that we should talk about various ways to relate to them, r ather than talking  about  use  or  non-use. This opens up for a more nuanced understanding of people’s varying decisions to incorporate the artefacts into their lives. The paper builds on a narrative inspired empirical study of what are commonly referred  to  as  non-users,  which  are  people  who  have  decided  not  to  invite  digital  artefacts  into  their  lives.  The  study shows  that  it  is  difficult  to  discern  definite  decisions  of  use  or  non-use;  it  also  demonstrates  varying,  intelligent  and elaborate  ways  to  relate  to  the  artefacts.  The  ways  that  are  explored  via  a  trial-and-error-like-approach  are  based  on people’s specific needs, values and routines. This is an understanding of non-use and non-users that differs from earlier attempts to understand non-use of digital artefacts. The study  contributes to a deeper understanding about the so-called non-users   and   their   non-use   of   digital   artefacts.   It   also   contributes   to   an   increased   understanding   about   the methodological value in learning about people who restrict, control or even bar digital artefacts from their lives. Learning about these  fairly  different people  and their  decisions  has  a lot to offer  when it  comes  to  a deeper  understanding  about digital artefacts and their consequences for people in their everyday lives.

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2015.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112125OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112125DiVA: diva2:875927
Conference
Society and human beings 2015
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2015-12-02

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