When “digital natives” on the Internet

Teenagers and young adults, as "digital natives" with the Internet grew up, to use it virtually all the time. If you limit your Internet use is voluntary, was previously investigated, however. Scientists from the TU Chemnitz, this question went to the bottom, and have identified eight main reasons, as well as five methods for the voluntary surrender.

Prof. Dr. Christian Papsdorf, an expert on technology, sociology of Internet and New media at the Chemnitz University of technology, and his Team of 30 people between 14 and 25 years to the reasons and strategies for a "digital detox" or "digital sabbath" interviewed.

As the main reasons for the voluntary surrender of the respondents mentioned:

  • Disorders, for example, in work or concentration situations
  • A mismatch of information quality and quantity
  • To have an accessibility to print and the expectation, on contact deals directly respond
  • The loss of privacy, in relation to the use of private data by companies
  • Technical Problems
  • Internet addiction or the risk that Offline activities back in the Background
  • Health problems, exhaustion and impaired concentration
  • Ethical Concerns

Pabstorf explained: "The point of ethical concerns is still relatively new, and describes the growing political awareness of young people that want to support Users of certain companies due to their business practices or not."

For many respondents the solution to the problems was Not a conscious use of the Internet. Strategies for the implementation of the digital "Entziehungskur" were:

  • Exchange of the medium or Offline communication
  • A partial renunciation of Use
  • Adjustments to the technique, e.g., restriction of the contacted persons
  • Passive use by pure Consume the content, and conscious and hold Back their own information
  • Reduction in the medial range, for example, by selectively thinning the friends list

Despite the absence of Pabstorf &quot notes: ;It was in the investigation also shows that the respondents see no Alternative to the use of the Internet and this also does not fundamentally call into question."