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

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

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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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: digital youth work, face-to-face, new technologies, online, online youth work, smartphones, symbolic interactionism, young people, youth work
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Item ID: 14842
ISSN: 2057-4266
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Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 08:45
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2023 11:06


Author: Marc Husband

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Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education


Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Education > Educational Research
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Working with Young People

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