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Are the modern media damaging domestic life? Our new report shows a more complicated picture

By Sonia Livingstone   December 2010

Photo: Alexis Robert

Reports on the media and family life tend to generate familiar headlines: tales of teenagers glued to Facebook and mobiles; a generational divide packed with anxious questions over what the modern media are “doing” to families. Our new study, Changing Media, Changing Families, published on 17th November, takes a different approach. Families, we argue, have a dynamic relationship with the media, so we must ask not only what effects media have on families, but also how the changes in modern family life are changing media itself.

The quantity of media consumed by families in the last…

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