Guest lecture by prof. Sakari Taipale, PhD: WhatsApp and the family: pulling together or drifting apart?
We invite you to attend a guest lecture conducted by prof. Sakari Taipale, PhD, entitled “WhatsApp and Family: Pulling Together or Getting Away?”. The lecture will take place in the lecture room FDV-13 on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 from 10.00 to 11.00.
Prof. Taipale is Associate Professor of Social and Public Policy from University of Jyväskylä, where he works within the Centre for Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) as coordinator of the “New technologies, ageing and care” working group. As a Senior Research Associate, he is also a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where he participates in research activities in the field of ICT and aging.
Family members at different ages are increasingly embedded in and connected to each other via mobile media and communication technologies. This lecture begins by introducing the concept of digital family that was originally presented in my book Intergenerational Connections in Digital Families (Springer, 2019). Drawing from the qualitative research material collected from Finland, Italy and Slovenia between 2014 and 2015, the lecture then describes how extended families in different country and cultural contexts make use of digital media and communication technologies. A particular attention is paid to the importance of WhatsApp instant messengers in everyday intra-family communication, which reflects opportunities for new kind of connectivity in geographically distributed multi-household families. The lecture ends by discussing the impact of cultural and geographical factors on the use of digital media and communication technologies in families.