“It’s just not that exciting anymore”: The changing centrality of SMS in the everyday lives of young Danes

Troels Fibæk Bertel, Richard Ling

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Abstract

This article considers the centrality of short message system (SMS) texting in the communication repertoires of young Danes. Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the mediascape with a multitude of new possibilities for text-based communication; Facebook, in particular, has become popular among young Danes. Some have suggested that the role of SMS texting, a technology that was previously an entrenched part of young people’s communication repertoires, has changed in this diversified media environment. Based on interviews with 31 Danish high school students and drawing on the domestication approach, this article examines the use practices and meanings associated with SMS texting in today’s complex and evolving mediascape. This article argues that SMS texting is becoming re-domesticated, its meanings changing, and the technology finding a new position in the communication repertoires of users.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Media & Society
Volume18
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1293-1309
Number of pages17
ISSN1461-4448
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Domestication
  • Facebook
  • Mobile communication
  • Short message system
  • Smartphones
  • Social network sites
  • Texting
  • Youth

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