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ICTs in the rush hour of life
Les NTIC à l'heure de pointe de la vie
In the Netherlands, many women have entered the labor market in the last two decades. This development -among other social changes- has resulted in substantial shifts in the time that Dutch people spend on paid labor and caring tasks on the one hand and leisure activities on the other hand. This task combination has caused serious time pressure and coordination problems among dual-income families with children. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to label this stage of life as the rush hour of life. In this article the findings of a small-scale qualitative case study among these busy households are presented. The objective of this study is to describe and analyze patterns of acceptance and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially telecommunication technologies, in the context of the everyday life of these households. The question is raised whether ICTs can be a solution to time pressure and coordination problems. Theoretically, the research is rooted in a user-oriented perspective toward technological innovation, developed in the United Kingdom by Silver-stone, Haddon, and others, which understands the incorporation of ICTs into the everyday life of households as a domestication process. A paradoxical conclusion of this study is that ICTs are not explicitly perceived as solutions to the communication and coordination problems these households experience in everyday life, although they are being used for solving these problems. This ambiguity seems
Taylor & Francis
ISSN : 0197-2243 CODEN : INSCD8
The Information society A. 2000, vol. 16, n° 1, pp. 65-75 [bibl. : 21 ref.]
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