Treiteren, schelden, bedreigen en buitensluiten: Jongeren en de keerzijde van de digitale wereld - Een kwalitatief en kwantitatief onderzoek naar oordelen over en ervaringen met digitaal asociaal gedrag ten opzichte van regulier asociaal gedrag door Nederlandse jongeren

Bosman, Eline (2011) Treiteren, schelden, bedreigen en buitensluiten: Jongeren en de keerzijde van de digitale wereld - Een kwalitatief en kwantitatief onderzoek naar oordelen over en ervaringen met digitaal asociaal gedrag ten opzichte van regulier asociaal gedrag door Nederlandse jongeren.

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Abstract:Introduction: In social science there is just a little known about the negative aspects of new digital media like mobile phones and internet, and there is also a little known about these negative aspects from adolescents’ point of view, a group for which digital media plays an important role in their everyday life. Parents, teachers and peers also play an important role in the life of adolescents. These social actors have influence on how a youngster develops, in several ways. In this research was looked after the judgments and experiences with asocial digital behavior regarding regular asocial behavior, from the adolescents’ point of view. Research question: How do adolescents judge and experience digital asocial behavior by mobile phones and internet regarding regular asocial behavior, and on which level do they think the social environment has influence on this behavior? Method: In this research is found by interviews (N=29) and questionnaires (N= 23) how Dutch adolescents judge and experience the next aspects: norms and values in society and attitude regarding asocial behavior, asocial behavior by the original way and by digital media, the motivation for asocial behavior and the influence of important others like parents, teachers and peers on the social behavior of a youngster. There was a search after differences based on gender and study phase. Results: It appears that adolescents think that insolence, criminality, violence and threats are very asocial. Disregarding, calling names and humiliating by internet and mobile phones are also very asocial. This behavior is often expressed by pictures and nasty messages. According the respondents, youngsters express asocial behavior mostly because of the group pressure; they want to belong to something. Youngsters often know that this asocial behavior is not right, even though they often reach their goal ‘popularity’. It seems that the respondents think that there is hardly any supervision on the activities by digital media. Parents, teachers and peers are often out of touch. Respondents establish the effectiveness of the supervision very low and they found themselves mostly responsible for their own behavior. Conclusions and recommendations: Boys consider the most forms of asocial behavior as less asocial then girls do. To create better prevention programs regarding gender, further research should be done after differences between gender and age groups and attitudes regarding asocial behavior. Besides, there seems to be more significant differences between students of lower ages and students of higher ages considering the judgment of the amount of supervision. For both groups the supervision is very low, but the students of higher ages say they have more supervision than students of lower ages. To make it possible to describe exactly which role plays the supervision of parents, teachers and peers regarding asocial digital behavior, there should be done some research after the differences between these two groups, and the involvement of parents and teachers. The motivation of the respondents for asocial behavior is not convincing for both autonomous and controlled motivation. Further research should point out where this oscillation is based on, to create better prevention programs and to find out more about the way of thinking of adolescents.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61268
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