Media Rich and Time Poor

Lynn Schofield Clark

in The Parent App

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980161 | DOI:
Media Rich and Time Poor

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This chapter continues the discussion of how parents make decisions regarding their approaches to digital and mobile media in the lives of their children, foregrounding the role of emotion work in these processes. In particular, the chapter considers how families engage in emotion work as they experience the time crunch of balancing work and family life, and how parents feel the need to justify their approaches when among extended family and peers who may not share their class and/or cultural milieu. The chapter then proposes emotion work as a framework that offers an alternative to presuming that parents make media choices based on rational reasoning regarding risk.

Keywords: emotion work; decisionmaking; the good parent; time crunch; work/life balance; intensified parenting activities; the Blayne-Gallaghers; the Fallons

Chapter.  11960 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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