Den teknologiske elefant i rummet: The Technological Elephant in the Room

Riad Alshabnder Ghoufran, Andersen Helene, Bahloul Malik & Christensen Lukas

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project sets out to explore how handheld digital media is incorporated into social relations within the family. As mobile devices have become smaller and more powerful, they have seen a strong rise of popularity amongst the population. As such, we are now faced with most Danish families having smartphones in their homes, and more than half having tablets. Despite this massive increase, there has been little research into what this rise of smart technology actually does to the family and their relations with each other. Throughout this report, we present two cases that represent two ends of the technology spectrum. The first family has values and rules that are more traditional, surrounding their use of technology, and owns 1.2 handheld digital media per person. The second family has looser rules, and has almost threefold the amount of handheld digital media with 3.2 per person, compared to the first family. In our theory we focus on how to understand, the changes that technology has on society and people. We look at ideas such as increased individualization, being alone together, detraditionalization, amongst others. This helps us, to get an understanding of how technology alters the way we are together, and in our cases we discover that, the way handheld digital media, is seen in the family, has a massive impact in the way it’s used. Things like rules, ideas of how to use the technology, and social spaces, all play into how these medias affect our ways of socializing, especially when seen in a network with other technologies, such as the omnipresent television.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato22 dec. 2015
VejledereJensen Tine


  • Handheld Technology
  • Mobile devices
  • Technoference
  • Håndholdte digitale medier
  • Familie relationer
  • Home
  • Family relations