The space of media usage in Finland, 2007 and 2018: The impact of online activities on its structure and its association with sociopolitical divisions

Semi Purhonen, Adrian Leguina, Riie Heikkilä

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Abstract

In Nordic countries and beyond, there exists a lack of longitudinal, population-level research focused on sociopolitical polarisation and the proliferation of new online activities in the context of changing media usage. In this article, we examine media usage in Finland in 2007 and 2018. We use two nationally representative surveys (N = 1,388 in 2007 and N = 1,425 in 2018) to make comparisons over time and include a wide set of media usage indicators. Applying multiple correspondence analysis, we assess the impact of the proliferation of online activities on the structure of the space of media usage and examine whether the association between media usage and sociopolitical divisions has become more sharply pronounced. The results suggest stability of the structure of media use rather than dramatic change. We discuss these results by reflecting on the relatively strong persistence of "traditional"models of stratification in digital cultural consumption and media practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalNordicom Review
Volume42
Issue numbers3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • change
  • media usage
  • multiple correspondence analysis
  • online activities
  • stratification

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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