Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

Face-to-face interaction, in a culture of distraction.

Husband, M (2022) Face-to-face interaction, in a culture of distraction. Youth and Policy. ISSN 2057-4266

Item Type: Article


In this article, Marc Husband considers the significant changes in the use and utilisation of new technologies, such as smartphones and other devices, and their impact on face-to-face interactions in youth work settings. The article suggests that significant changes have begun to manifest in youth work settings regarding interaction, which practitioners feel are significant in the process of communication and the development of youth work and young people’s relationships. The research and theories discussed offer useful ways of understanding new interaction behaviours and begin to develop a language to communicate the positive and negative aspects of the use of new technologies.

[img] HTML
index.html - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (55kB)

More Information

Uncontrolled Keywords: digital youth work, face-to-face, new technologies, online, online youth work, smartphones, symbolic interactionism, young people, youth work
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Marc Husband


Item ID: 14842
ISSN: 2057-4266
Official URL:

Users with ORCIDS

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 08:45
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 08:45