ICT matter because they enable/afford:
ICT matter because they afford:
I guess it's entertaining, why else would you be on?
It's just another thing, kind of. To do. It's not
really necessary, but it's fun. (Debbie)
...it's just really good to talk to people. (Lisa)
Andrew: It's a camera phone actually. It takes pictures.
I took that picture i my background (shows me the phone screen).
Mechthild: What street is it?
Andrew: It's on Johnson.
Mechthild: So you use that quite frequently too, that feature?
Andrew: U-huh. It's fun, it's like going around taking pictures.Ya.t's
In the case of Andrew, the cell phone is
used as a toy or tool to engage in new and different forms of interaction,
leading to initial feelings that this new ICT is fun and exciting.
Ya, that's why the Internet is so much more convenient.
'cause it's right in your house. And you click something, you type
a sentence, and the information is right there. (Ingrid)
If your relatives live on the other side of the world, then they get
it instantly - so it's convenient. (Ingrid)
Speed, ease & efficiency
It's a way of getting a hold of people easily. Like
doing a bunch of things at once, instead of spending all this time
calling so many people... it's just faster, efficient and easy. It's
just as good as using a phone half the time - just easier. (Jill)
Immediate, person-to-person communication
I couldn't - like when i went to the concert last
night and when it's over I called my mom on my cell - or my dad on
my cell phone and said 'can you come pick us up from the concert?'
And if I hadn't had had it, I don't - I guess I would have had to
use a pay phone or something. 'cause i don't know how else - 'cause
I didn't know when the concert was going to end or anything. (Debbie)
In the morning I just sort of turn the monitor on
to see if anyone messaged me or not. But usually i dont' do a lot
in the morning. I just have it on. Just in case if someone needs to
contact me then it's there. It's just convenient in a way. (Ingrid)
Like, if I go out and I forget my cell phone, then,
'cause i don't memorize phone numbers, like I'm not the type that
can. I don't keep little slips of paper. So without a cell phone,
I'm basically by myself and I can't call anyone. (Ingrid)
...and if you're on MSN and thre's other people on
and you don't even realize that you want to talk to them, but then
they're on and you're 'oh, right, I have something to say or I have
a question. (Tanya)
I rely on my ipod for a clock. (Tanya)
Permeated, shifted boundaries visible in all
In summary, youth find ICT use convenient,
when they fit and facilitate tasks that are important to them. It
becomes apparent that ICT matter to youth, when ICT use is experienced
as changing boundaries and affording easier, faster and more efficient
ways of conducting activities or engaging in relations.
Relational online and offline networks
Just staying in touch with people. Like if you ever
see them again, then you know them, because you talked to them on
Like, it's a good way to keep in touch with people
because like i have a friend who I went to basketball camp with. And
she was [text missing] so I never see her. But then we got each other
on MSN so we kept talking to each other. And then we went to Harry
Potter on the weekend and we hung out and everything. So now we hang
out. But if we hadn't got our e-mails then we would have just been
- we would have just seen each other at basketball games I think.
So it's a good way to keep in touch. (Tanya)
Same with relatives overseas. It's not really often
that you would just call them to see how they are. (Ingrid)
Jill: I love looking at people's profiles and stuff
like that. I'd be like, what they have on there, what kind of stuff
they like to do. Pictures, I love pictures. I love looking at people's
funny pictures and stuff like that, and just looking around and just
kind of browsing, just absorbing everybody. I'm like, what they like
to do, what they don't like to do, you know.
Mechthild: So you feel you're getting to know lots of different kinds
of people and how they are...
Jill: ... what they like better. No, say, like, they really, really
don't like skiing and they hate people who talk about skiing, or something
like that. You know, oh well, never talk about skiing around that
person or something like that. You get an idea of what to talk about
and what not to talk about.
Mechthild: So it helps you keep in touch. That's one
thing, sort of with people who don't live right here?
Tanya: A lot of the peopel on my MSN I don't have their phone numbers.
Because I'm not really that good friends with them, I just have them
Mechthild: How many people do you guys have on MSN?
Ingrid: On my old [word missing] it's jammed. So it's about like 250.
And Ihave to delete people every week, because I kept getting new
people. So about 300 people. And then now it's like 150.
Tanay: I'm like 80. But a lot of them are old emails. People who [word
missing]. Or they're people I don't talk to ever. They're just there.
What has become important in teen lives is
knowing that you could connect to people and information
and turn a passive presence into an active relation at any time.
Extension of relationships
Debbie: I think that's the main thing. You develop
- like my friend and I - like, she'll say something funny and then
it'll be like a joke the next day. And then other people don't understand
it. It's kind of like an inside joke. Ya, for sure. It is an inside