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Spiritual Mobile App Users and Buddhist Ideologies

Ulug, Melisa (2023) Spiritual Mobile App Users and Buddhist Ideologies.

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Abstract:Research in the field of the use of spiritual mobile applications and their effect on their users is very limited. Therefore, this research aimed to analyse how spirituality is conceptualised by New Age mobile app users and to what extent it overlaps with Buddhist ideologies. A qualitative approach was utilized by conducting semi-structured interviews that followed a fixed set of 16 questions. 24 participants ranging from 18 to 42 with diverse national backgrounds participated in the conducted interviews. The participants were selected on the basis of whether they are active users of spiritual mobile applications. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data extracts of selected interviews. The final analysis concluded with five individual themes. The participants reported on practicing spirituality in the form of mindfulness and the exercises that are provided by their spiritual app of choice. Results of this study show that spirituality is conceptualized as religious by some of the participants and non-religious by other participants. Detailed results are discussed further with possible limitations as well as useful directions for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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