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<br>become an increasingly popular practice, yet the<br>scholarly literature on this topic is limited, being largely<br>been framed as the lack of something rather than a<br>phenomenon in itself. This paper reports on the analysis<br>of over 300 disconnection narratives, the texts of which<br>were analyzed by means of R software. Expected terms<br>associated with phones and social media were identified,<br>but descriptions of the assumed benefits of disconnecting,<br>such as higher quality relationships, more productive<br>work, and better sleep, were not found. However, overall<br>sentiment was positive. This study will ground further<br>research on a large scale, using big data sets drawn from<br>social media platforms.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jul 23 2019
EventIEEE Professional Communication Conference - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jul 23 2019Jul 23 2019

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Professional Communication Conference
Period07/23/1907/23/19

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