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Emerging temporalities in the multiscreen home

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Deborah ChambersORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2021.

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This article considers how changing screen practices are changing prevailing domestic temporal routines to generate new household dynamics. Underpinned by a case study of the multiscreen home, a media approach offers a close analysis of the temporal dimensions of household screen use. The analysis draws on data about patterns of use of screen devices and streaming services from UK's communications regulator Ofcom, combined with findings from qualitative studies of media time and second-screen uses. Explaining that second screens offer new kinds of connectivity within home, the study queries assumptions of time erosion and temporal fragmentation. The article proposes that second screens afford new temporal experiences and interactions signifying a new domestic screen culture characterised by time dilation. Digital screen relations operate within polymediated timescapes enabling an opening up and extension of time to produce new domestic screen cultures distinguished as intra-domestic and trans-domestic screen time.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chambers D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Media, Culture and Society

Year: 2021

Volume: 43

Issue: 7

Pages: 1180-1196

Print publication date: 01/10/2021

Online publication date: 18/08/2019

Acceptance date: 09/05/2019

Date deposited: 02/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0163-4437

ISSN (electronic): 1460-3675

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0163443719867851


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