Prof Gillian Youngs (University of Brighton)
Dr Panayiota Tsatsou (University of Leicester)
This pilot study focuses on how young adults and older people use online technologies and relate their identities to them and how if they are not users they view the technologies and their possible relevance (or irrelevance) to their everyday lives and interests.
The purpose of the research is to explore varied relationships (or lack of them) to online technologies, and the bases for these relationships in identity and digital literacy terms.
Through mixed methods of interviews, online diaries and podcasts and videocasts made by the participants, the research is aimed at collecting a rich mix of data identifying some key themes that could be explored in more depth through a larger research project.
The underlying approach is one bringing social and technical issues and questions into relationship, recognizing that an inclusive digital economy will require deeper understanding of the wide range of ways people do or do not relate to the technologies or the opportunities or possibilities they open up.
The project looks at the lived contexts for the new technologies and its aims include improving bottom-up understanding of the dynamics of digital economy and the links between identity and digital literacy.