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ERIC Number: EJ1192384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1134-3478
Youtubers' Social Functions and Their Influence on Pre-Adolescence
Aran-Ramspott, Sue; Fedele, Maddalena; Tarragó, Anna
Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal, v26 n57 p71-79 2018
This study focuses on the relationship between preadolescents and youtubers, with the objective of observing how tweens integrate youtubers as referents of a teen digital culture. From a socio-psychological and communicological perspective, a mixed methodological design was applied to carry out the audience study, which was divided into two parts: A quantitative analysis of the audience via a survey administered to 1,406 eleven-twelve year old students of Catalan Secondary Schools, and a qualitative analysis of the preadolescent audience using three focus groups. The quantitative data was analysed with SPSS and the qualitative data with the help of the Atlas.ti software. The results demonstrate that tweens consider youtubers as referents for entertainment and for closeness to a teen digital culture, but not really as role models or bearers of values as influencers. Also, preadolescents show some dimensions of Media Literacy, since they recognise youtubers' commercial strategies and their role as actors and professionals. The study notes gender bias in some aspects, and it is an introduction to observation of youtubers' social functions amongst teenagers, individuals who are in the process of constructing their identity and about to become young adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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