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Young people playing with risk: social networking and the normalisation of gambling behaviours

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Publication date2010
Host publicationLeisure experiences: space, place and performance
EditorsMarion Stuart-Hoyle, Jane Lovell
Place of PublicationEastbourne
PublisherLeisure Studies Association
Pages25-47
Number of pages22
Volume109
ISBN (Print)9781905369201
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventWhatever happened to the leisure society? Critical and multidisciplinary [retro]spectives - Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Duration: 3/07/20075/07/2007

Conference

ConferenceWhatever happened to the leisure society? Critical and multidisciplinary [retro]spectives
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEastbourne
Period3/07/075/07/07

Conference

ConferenceWhatever happened to the leisure society? Critical and multidisciplinary [retro]spectives
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEastbourne
Period3/07/075/07/07

Abstract

This paper grew out of an exploratory study into the ways young people are using Social Networking Sites (SNS) and whether accessing potentially risky activities such as virtual gambling might encourage actual gambling or increase the likelihood of risky behaviour amongst younger users (aged 8–18). This work led to a wider examination of SNS as a form of leisure and the ways it has been adopted by young people and adapted for use in ways that are often dissimilar to those predicted by academics and social commentators. The paper consider the range of un-mediated content available via SNS to young people and how young people use this and associated self-generated content to explore various types of potentially risky behaviour.