Conducted every two years since 2010, the JAMES Study uncovers adolescents’ media use in Switzerland. In the interim years the data are analysed in depth, and specific topics are written up in the form of JAMESfocus reports.
Adolescents and fake news
Nearly 40 per cent of adolescents in Switzerland have already been confronted with fake news. The most recent JAMESfocus report shows that although they trust the traditional media, Swiss adolescents are increasingly getting news and information from social media. Social media consumption facilitates the spread of fake news and confronts young people with manipulation and false information.
The online behaviour of most adolescents in Switzerland is unproblematic. However, the risk of addiction can increase with the number of Internet-ready devices and time spent online, especially if, for entertainment, young people surf the Web more frequently, watch more television or play games often.
Media use and sleep quality
Sleep is an important area of our lives. Whether and how sleep is associated with media use was studied in the context of the JAMESfocus report, Mediennutzung und Schlafqualität [media use and sleep quality]. Risks and protective factors for sleep quality were identified. Derived from the theoretical background and the results, the report provides tips for parents and teachers.
Media courses and media literacy
Media courses help young people to obtain targeted information on new media and sensitize them with regard to dangers. For the development of media literacy, however, young people’s personal environments are just as important. For this reason, in the JAMESfocus report the Media Psychology section research team recommends media courses at or after school as a complement to media education by parents.
In the JAMESfocus edition of 2013, four reports cover the following questions:
- How and why do adolescents protect their personal lives on the Internet, and where do they need more support in this regard?
- Do adolescents benefit from media literacy courses?
- Do young people’s relationships with their parents play a role in media use?
- What effect does media use have on adolescents’ school performance?
Media use types in Swiss adolescents: Between risk behaviour and positive media use
Adolescents deal with media in very different ways. The JAMESfocus report of 2011 provides a differentiated view of something that at first glance appears homogeneous. Based on the data from the JAMES Study 2010 different leisure time and media use types were carved out. The resulting use types were compared to the findings of other studies in Switzerland and Germany. Further, the report takes a closer look at topics such as media knowledge and creative handling of media but also at areas such as social networks, cyberbullying and cell phone use.
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