Escaping the everyday: young people's use of text messages and songs

Jayde Cahir, Ann Werner

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    The subject of this paper is research that explored how young people use text messages and songs stored on their mobiles and MP3 players to escape everyday life. Two separate research studies from Australia and Sweden were juxtaposed because of the similarities in findings as well as the similarity between these cultural objects. The various types of escape that were found were part of everyday routine and experienced in short bursts, such as the length of time it takes to re-read a text message or to listen to a song. However, there were also more extreme examples of these devices being used to temporarily retreat from everyday social interaction. The authors argue that these forms of escape seem to be necessary for young people to be able to maintain a "sense of being" (as defined by Heidegger in 1962) in their everyday life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-66
    Number of pages8
    JournalYouth Studies Australia
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Copyright of the editing of the published version (and therefore interests in the entire PDF version) is held by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies. The author has received permission from the publisher to archive the published version. Article originally published in Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 59-66, 2013. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


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