Technology as a disruptive agent: Intergenerational perspectives

Mahroof, Kamran, Weerakkody, Vishanth, Önkal, Dilek and Hussain, Zahid (2018) Technology as a disruptive agent: Intergenerational perspectives. Information Systems Frontiers. ISSN 1387-3326 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-018-9882-3

Abstract

This study explores how British South Asian parents perceive their children’s technology consumption through their collectivist lenses and interdependent values. The findings for this qualitative study indicate that second and third generation South Asian parents acknowledge the benefits of children’s technology use; but largely perceive technology as a disruptive agent, whereby children are becoming isolated and increasingly independent within the household. The analysis aims to understand how parents view their children’s relationship with others as a result of technology consumption. Accordingly, this paper proposes an extension of the Construal of self conceptualisation and contributes a Techno-construal matrix that establishes a dyadic connection between technology consumption and cultural values. Overall, the study reveals that children display less inter-reliance and conformance typically associated with collectivist cultures, resulting from their technology use. Consequently, parents interpret their children’s shift from interdependence to more independence as a disruptive and unsettling phenomenon within the household.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parenting; technology; children; Asian; collectivism; interdependence
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 09:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36204

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