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Volume 73, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 73, 193-201, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-193-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 73, 193-201, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-193-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Standard article 31 May 2018

Standard article | 31 May 2018

Attending to others: how digital technologies direct young people's nightlife

Jasmine Truong Jasmine Truong
  • Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich, 8000, Switzerland

Abstract. It is a growing phenomenon that young people use mobile information and communication technologies during their nightlife. This article offers an empirical examination of how young people's nightlife is shaped by engagement with the mobile phone application WhatsApp. Drawing on Sara Ahmed's phenomenological concept of orientation, I examine how WhatsApp extends young people's nightlife and how young people become orientated therein. On the one hand, I show that nightlife acquires new boundaries and fixities that encourage young people to direct their attention towards missing social relations and absent nightlife places. On the other hand, I find that young people create new perceptions of how to inhabit and spend leisure time and space. I argue that digital technologies reorientate young people, which I suggest offers novel means of addressing young people's contemporary nightlife practices, places, spaces, and social relations.

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This article examines young people's night out experiences extending through digital spaces of social relations such as WhatsApp. On the one hand, I illustrate that young people are encouraged to direct their attention towards missing friends and absent nightlife places. On the other hand, I find that young people create dynamics of comparison, competition, and optimization through constant connectedness. This raises new questions on young people's experiences of leisure time and space.
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