Lina Eklund’s talk “Gaming in the Museum: limitations and opportunities when exhibiting digital games” at the Higher Seminar at Södertörn Univresity: explores the role of digital games in museums, as cultural heritage objects in their own right. It draws on exhibitions in art museums like MoMA in New York, Computerspielemuseum in Berlin, and National Museum for Technology in Stockholm.
SIRGs Emma von Essen is speaking at the Department of Government at Uppsala University on the topic of ”Anonymity and hate against feminists and foreigners in civic discussions on the internet”.
Link to the seminar: http://www.statsvet.uu.se/Research/Seminars/
SIRG members Lina Eklund, Emma von Essen, Fatima Jonsson and Magnus Johansson published a SIRR working paper on Anonymity on the internet, read it here: SIRR2018_1
Uppsala University – Mar 07, 2018
Young digital gamers do not have fewer friends at school than their non-gamer peers, indicate two new research articles from SIRG.
SIRG researcher Lina Eklund and her collaborator Sara Roman investigated how digital gaming affects young people’s friendship formation. The results show that neither the adolescents who spend much of their time gaming nor those who self-identify as gamers have fewer school friends than their peers who play little or not at all. Evidently, too, students who are self-identified gamers tend to become friends with one another. In other words, the common interest of digital gaming seems to lead to new friendships at school.
The adolescent respondents (in their upper teens) themselves think that, as they approach adult life, they are limiting and managing their gaming in a way that enables them to prioritise what individuals of their age find important, such as friends, sport and school.
The study was based on analysis of all (115) first-year students at a new upper-secondary school in a Swedish metropolis. In particular, the authors analysed how the students’ social networks were created and changed during their first year at the school. Ten in-depth interviews with student gamers were conducted.
“The results are both surprising and expected. Sure enough, we thought ‘gamers’ would turn out to be making friends with one another. Gaming is such an important part of today’s youth culture that anything else would be odd. Just as adolescents used to get together through shared music tastes, so gaming is now a key element in media consumption. On the other hand, we weren’t so sure whether players would prove to be less sociable, or thus have fewer friends at school. Here, the previous research is limited,” Eklund says.
For more information please contact:
Lina Eklund, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, phone +46-(0)70-3318183, email@example.com.
Stockholm Internet Research Group, www.sirg.se.
Lina Eklund and Sara Roman (2018). Digital Gaming and Young People’s Friendships: A Mixed Methods Study of Time Use and Gaming in School. YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/1103308818754990
Lina Eklund and Sara Roman (2017). Do adolescent gamers make friends offline? Identity and friendship formation in school. Computers in Human Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.03.035
The research was funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte).
SIRR 2017:1 is now live, read the latest results on how to consider the crowd in crowdsourcing methodology by SIRGs Lina Eklund, Isabell Stamm fromthe Technical University in Berlin, and Wanda Liebermann from Florida Atlantic University. The paper: Crowdsourcing as research method: hype, hope, and hazard can be found here.
Fatima Jonsson pratar om: Att vara eller inte vara på Internet. Om online-anonymiteters dilemman, möjligheter och begränsningar.
Livström till föreläsningen: https://sh-medieteknik.solidtango.com/categories/oppna-forelasningar
Lina Eklund, Emma von Essen and Fatima Jonsson are presenting the study, ”To be or not to be on the Internet: a multidimensional tool for studying online anonymity” at the Association of Internet Researchers in Tartu, Estonia 2017.
Link to conference: AoIR17
Link to published abstract, AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research: SPIR
We welcome Emma home to Sweden and her new position at SOFI at Stockholm University.
New log piece over at Platypus–The CASTAC Blog by Lina Eklund and Evan Conaway on the death and rebirth of the nerd.
Read it here: The nerd is dead, long live the nerd.
Lina Eklund is invited to present at the Nordiska ministerrådets conference on Gendered hate online.
Stavanger, Norway 2017-06-21
Conference web-site: http://likestiltnorden2017.regjeringen.no/language/en/nordic-hate-speech-conference/