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La stratification sociale des pratiques numériques des adolescents

Abstract : The digital revolution may not have changed the tight link between social status, on the one hand, and equipment rates, skills, participation in cultural leisures, types of uses, and taste, on the other. Despite the seemingly large spread of digital technologies, substantial inequalities remain in terms of computer equipment as well as access and use of the Internet. What about the digital generation, i.e. the individuals who were children or teenagers during the 2000s? This article relies on an extensive longitudinal study of the cultural and leisure activities of children and teenagers, set up by the French Ministry of Culture. 4000 children who entered the Preparatory Course (first year of elementary education) in 1997, and have consequently witnessed the diffusion of mobile phones and online social networks, were surveyed every two years between 2002 and 2008. The questions dealt with their leisures, cultural activities, and tastes. We focus on the relations between the digital activities of this generation, and their transformations on the one hand, and between the equipment and the activities of their parents on the other hand. We aim at qualifying the idea that teenagers of that particular generation have a unique relationship to digital culture. It is necessary to take into account both the complexity and the variety of uses, as well as the social inequalities that still prevail -although those inequalities tend to change while the teenagers, boys and girls, are aging.
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Pierre Mercklé, Sylvie Octobre. La stratification sociale des pratiques numériques des adolescents. Recherches en sciences sociales sur Internet/Social science research on the Internet, RESET, 2012, 1 (1), pp.25-52. ⟨halshs-00949897⟩



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