Young children's touchscreen habitats, habituation, and habitus

Bjorn Nansen, Darshana Jayemanne

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Informed by media studies approaches that seek to understand everyday media use, this paper focuses on the context, content, and conduct of young children interacting with touchscreen devices. It draws on ongoing qualitative research with families and children aged from 0 to 5 (n=40+) in their domestic media settings in Melbourne, Australia. The research builds on established ethnographic approaches to domestic technology consumption and use, utilising methods such as household technology tours, interviews, participant observation, and child-guided demonstrations of use. The paper extends the analysis of young children’s touchscreen habitats and habituation through the concept of habitus, in which children’s acquisition and embodiment of dispositions towards touchscreen devices is understood as produced through the accumulation of experiences and their embeddedness within cultural norms surrounding new media technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLes cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance
PublisherJeunes et Médias
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9782954948324
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2018
EventMedia Cultures of Early Childhood: International Conference - Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Apr 20168 Apr 2016


ConferenceMedia Cultures of Early Childhood
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  • Touchscreens
  • Young children
  • Infants
  • Habitus
  • Family
  • Mobile media
  • Parental mediation


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