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Going cold turkey!: An autoethnographic exploration of digital disengagement
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2876-0952
2021 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 42, no s4, p. 152-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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As the dust of society-wide digitalisation settles, the search for meaningful technological encounters is becoming more urgent. While the Nordic countries embrace digitalisation, recent concerns regarding technology overuse have been gaining increased attention. This tendency is exemplified in practices of limiting digital use, called digital disengagement – an apparent paradox in Nordic societies where digital is the dominant paradigm. In this article, we explore the emergence of disconnection-centred devices called “dumbphones”, which cater to individuals wishing to escape hyperconnected lifestyles. Drawing on a new materialist perspective, we present a content analysis of dumbphones’ advertising material, followed by a collaborative autoethnographic study in which we replace our smartphones with dumbphones. We critically weigh the promises of the dumbphones against the actual experience of digital disengagement in Sweden. Our findings illustrate a struggle with digital technologies, even despite their absence, due to emerging workarounds and societal expectations of use.

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2021. Vol. 42, no s4, p. 152-167
Keywords [en]
digital disengagement, digital detox, dumbphone, autoethnography, new materialism
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Media and Communications Information Systems, Social aspects Human Aspects of ICT Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-453121DOI: 10.2478/nor-2021-0047ISI: 000709718700011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-453121DiVA, id: diva2:1593844
Available from: 2021-09-14 Created: 2021-09-14 Last updated: 2021-11-15Bibliographically approved

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