Leisure and e-leisure : an exploration of the changes Internet has made in the life of Youth

H S, Shubha Leisure and e-leisure : an exploration of the changes Internet has made in the life of Youth. In: 5th Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication, 13th -16th Nov 2014, Osaka, Japan. (In Press)

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75% of India’s online population is below the age group of 35 according to the iCUBE 2014 report. 36% of India’s Internet users population are in the age group of 15-24 years according to the Digital India 2014 report. In over three decades since the digital media grew to become an integral part of daily life for people, the Media System Dependency Theory (Ball-Rokeach & DeFleur, 1976) presumes that individuals are active in the selection and use of media content and are goal oriented. Research studies have confirmed that physically active leisure is found to be positively associated with psychological well being. Traditional leisure activities (like being physically active by indulging in sports and fitness activities, having interpersonal contacts and spending leisure time with family and friends, watching films and television with family and friends and others) are now contesting with e-leisure activities (online socializing, playing computer mediated games, watching films and television programs online and hence in isolation and other similar activities). There seems to be a threat to Leisure being displaced by e-leisure due to increased time the young people spend on the Internet. With such an intense diffusion of Internet among the young people and leisure being an important measure of their development, this study aims to understand if 18 to 22 year old Internet savvy university students, have developed habits leading to e-leisure because of which, their leisure time is being compromised upon and it does not include physical activity and interpersonal interactions. To find out if the Internet mediation has affected the time spent with family and friends among the young students will be another objective of the study. The core finding reveal that that positive engagement with the Internet does not erode what the offline world offers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 15:03
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/147973

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