Digital–environmental habitus of families in England in times of pandemic

Ruiu, Maria, Ruiu, Gabriele and Ragnedda, Massimo (2023) Digital–environmental habitus of families in England in times of pandemic. New Media & Society. ISSN 1461-4448 (In Press)

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This article uses adopts a revised version of the concept of techno-environmental habitus to investigate and make sense of the differentiation among digital technology users’ attitudes towards the environment in England. Digital–environmental habitus refers to the combination of structural determinants (existing background) and the metabolised increased use of digital technologies in people’s everyday life that also interacts with individual environmental attitudes. The results of a national survey among English parents between 20 and 55 years suggest that parents’ education levels, gender, age and income play a role in increasing their awareness about the environmental-friendly use of digital technologies. This study shows that the digital–environmental habitus of parents in England is layered according to the combination of existing socioeconomic traits and individual capacity and willingness to adapt to a drastic increase in both the use of digital technologies (due to the social distancing imposed by the pandemic) and environmental degradation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate awareness, climate change, digital technology, habitus
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 15:15

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