Intentional Non-Use of the Internet in a Digital World: A Textual Analysis of Disconnection Narratives

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Abstract

The intentional non-use of technology has become an increasingly popular practice, yet the scholarly literature on this topic is limited, being largely been framed as the lack of something rather than a phenomenon in itself. This paper reports on the analysis of over 300 disconnection narratives, the texts of which were analyzed by means of R software. Expected terms associated with phones and social media were identified, but descriptions of the assumed benefits of disconnecting, such as higher quality relationships, more productive work, and better sleep, were not found. However, overall sentiment was positive. This study will ground further research on a large scale, using big data sets drawn from social media platforms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages65-66
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125664
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jul 23 2019Jul 26 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Volume2019-July
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityAachen
Period07/23/1907/26/19

Keywords

  • Culture of connectivity
  • Internet
  • digital detox
  • disconnectivity
  • social media
  • technology non-use.

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