Media practices of young Australians: Tangible and measurable reflections on a digital divide

Luke Gaspard, Heather Horst, Edgar Gómez Cruz, Sarah Pink

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This paper presents findings on the household availability of digital media devices and the uses made of this technology by young people aged 12 to 18 living within the Greater Melbourne area of Australia. Drawing upon questionnaire data from a purposive sample of 860 students frequency analysis of this data indicates three dominant factors shape a young person’s media experience: gender, siblings present within the home, and parents’ highest level of education1 . Moreover, when examining the types of software programs and the social network services used by young people age emerges as an additional layer to understanding these practices. In order to help contextualise these digital engagements, a comparative analysis with youth in the UK and the USA is undertaken to explore the ongoing validity of previous research claiming Australian youth as being some of the most digitally connected youth in the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-96
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Devices
  • Digital
  • Gradation
  • Software
  • Youth

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