Deltakere søkes til studie om strømmetjenester og medievaner

stream3I løpet av få år har strømmetjenester for musikk, litteratur og TV/film-innhold blitt stadig vanligere. Men hva velger vi å lese, lytte til og se på når “alt” er tilgjengelig alltid?

Jeg søker etter deltakere som ønsker å delta i et ca. 60 minutters langt intervju om strømmetjenester og medievaner.  Deltakere må ha noe erfaring med minst en type strømmetjeneste (f.eks. Storytel, Spotify, Tidal, Netflix, HBO Nordic, Sumo, Intervjuene foregår i Oslo, men du bestemmer tid og sted. Deltakere får et gavekort på 500 kroner fra som takk for hjelpen.

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Studien er meldt til Personvernombudet for forskning. Intervju-data vil bli brukt i publikasjoner på konferanser og i vitenskapelige tidsskrifter, men ingen av deltakerne vil kunne gjenkjennes. I slike publikasjoner vil vi referere til deltakerne med fiktive navn.

Denne studien gjennomføres i forbindelse med forskerprosjektet Streaming the culture industries. Analyzing the technologies, practices and value networks of streaming media services (STREAM) (2017-2021) ved Universitetet i Oslo. STREAM er finansiert av Norges forskningsråd.

Being old in an always-on culture

Together with Edith Roth Gjevjon, I have an article out in The Information Society, about older people’s perceptions and experiences with online communication. It’s pretty good, and based upon a study we did with 24 older people, ages 60 to 95. These research participant had none or very little experience with forms of online communication most of us now take for granted. At the beginning of the study they received iPads, and we followed them for about a year with support and visits. Findings indicate that older people who are already socially well connected benefit from online communication more than those who are not.

For those without access to The Information Society, Edith and I have 50 free copies each of the article available here.

Re-discovering the difference technology can make

Ok, here’s E. He’s almost 70 years old, has his wife and close family around, but not the most extensive circle of friends, he’s been retired for 15 years because of MS, and still makes an effort to keep professionally updated. He has a computer in his home-office, but doesn’t really use it a lot. Kind of a hazzle with the wheelchair. E is one of our pilot-users in a project called Active Ageing.

In Active Ageing we’re looking at how to support active ageing through new services deployed by communication technologies to facilitate social participation and healthy eating (project-description as pdf). One of the things we’re doing is to follow a number of elderly people in four different municipalities. Our pilot-users have not used communication-technologies very extensively before entering the project. We give them iPads and we meet and interview them regularly. We will also involve them in service-design activities eventually, looking into how welfare and healthcare-services can benefit (if at all) by the use of communication-technologies.

Today, I visited E for the second time. I visited him first time in August, and he has now used his iPad for  four months. Thing is, I’ve been kind of worried that we’re far too naive in this project, expecting a very mundane device to make a difference. Like yeah, right, give an elderly person an iPad and her/his life-quality will improve. But when I meet our pilot-users, I realize that these devices that most of us now take for granted, that have nearly become invisible for us, are far from mundane and boring for our pilot-users. I can still remember the allure of the iPhone and iPad when they entered the market. They so invite you to play with them. Eventuallly I kind of forgot the allure; smartphones and tablets are just there, though absolutely important, and taken for granted.

The pilot-user I visited today, is one of the younger ones we’re following, being close to 70 years old. With the iPad cliches such as windows to the world, and the world at your fingertips become quite accurate. Can’t wait for the moment when the iPad becomes invisible for him, when he takes it for granted. That’s when the real fun can begin, right?