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Digital Omnivores, Social Media and Social Capital: Expatriates interactions using Smartphones in Stockholm
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As a new settler in Stockholm it was a great challenge for me to understand the cultural difference between the city and country I have lived in (Islamabad, Pakistan) and the city I have just moved in. My main focus of the study is to understand how expatriates engage with their Smartphones and Connected devices in the city of Stockholm for establishing and maintaining social relationships. Keeping in view the time displacement theory coined by Putnam, I have tried to analyze and explain different patterns of uses of digital devices mainly Smartphones. The population of study is mainly residents of Stockholm. Natively the population of my report is not from Stockholm or Sweden rather they are from different cultural backgrounds.  In this report I have discussed how and on what grounds the social interactions and personal and physically gatherings are eroding, if so. And explained different reasons and various shapes the social interactions have taken place in the form of social media or in the virtual world. I have found out that there is least to say that social capital is eroding. In my opinion social capital is just changing its patterns. On the contrary to this idea, there are researchers who are of the view that such devices have actually helped the social interactions of people in person. In my investigation it is not likely as well. I had tried to carry out my study with the main focus on the group interviews and discussions with different social groups who are living in Stockholm. The social groups are workers, professionals and students in Stockholm from around the world. The time period for this report is from February 2012 to 26th April 2012 but the time period of field observations is from 2nd September 2012 till 26th April 2012. This research is conducted under the auspicious supervision of Per Ståhlberg, Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, School of Culture and Communication Södertörn University, Stockholm.

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2012. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
Social capital, Smartphones, Individualization, Socialization, Social Media, Facebook, friends and family relationships
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16684OAI: diva2:537312
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Media and Communication Studies
2012-05-03, MC246, Sodortorns Hogskola, Huddinge, 15:00 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-26 Created: 2012-06-26 Last updated: 2012-06-26Bibliographically approved

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