The Social Consumption of ICTs: Insights from Research on the Appropriation and Consumption of New ICTs in the Domestic Environment

Cognition Technology and Work, Vol. 5, pp. 4-14, 2003

32 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012

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James K Stewart

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh; European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

This paper provides a review of sociological research on the use and consumption of technology in the domestic space, and some results of a study of the adoption and rejection of new ICTs. Technologies studies, media studies and consumer research have all focused on the home as a location for the consumption of new ICTs, and highlight the social nature of technology use, and the special nature of the home. However social changes and new technologies are challenging the traditional boundaries of the home, offering challenges to social researchers and product designers. Of particular importance is the way expertise and products are crossing these boundaries, and the role of the social network and informal economy in the adoption and continued use of new and often problematic technologies. A framework is suggested for developing new classes of products for the home, based on themes including family and community, as well as more common ideas of information and productivity.

Keywords: Domestic Technology, ICTs, Consumption, Social Networks, Consumer Research, Technology Studies

Suggested Citation

Stewart, James K., The Social Consumption of ICTs: Insights from Research on the Appropriation and Consumption of New ICTs in the Domestic Environment (March 2002). Cognition Technology and Work, Vol. 5, pp. 4-14, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176746

James K. Stewart (Contact Author)

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh ( email )

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Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1LZ
United Kingdom

European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) ( email )

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Inca Garcilaso, s/n
Sevilla, E-41092
Spain

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