Internet Society investigates Internet use and its implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, 'ordinary' users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate, and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives.

Situating the Virtual: Little Behaviour Genres of the Internet

Situating the virtual: Little behaviour genres of the internet


In this chapter I continue the exploration of the social process of becoming a domestic Internet user. Here, I examine in more detail that critical point in it where users discover important, personally meaningful applications of the Internet. I am looking for the emergence of what Becker called a ‘stable form of new behaviour toward the object’ (Becker, 1953, p. 242; see also Chapter 4) that is responsible for the continuation of use. In constructivist terms this can be seen as the stage of stabilization of the domestic Internet connection as a technology with a clearly defined meaning, even if only at the level of personal experience and ...

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