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Adolescents And Computer-Based New Media. Paradigmatic Insights Of An Empirical Field Study On The Structure Of Empirical Theology

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This chapter presents an overview of the results of a larger qualitative empirical research project on "adolescents and computers". It shows that adolescent computer usage has much deeper implications than just having specific technical skills. The qualitative empirical research project on "adolescents and computers" leads to paradigmatic insights on the structure of empirical theology and on the notion of religious praxis. Empirical research within the paradigm of empirical theology differs from empirical research within the social sciences. The described research project on "Adolescents and Computers" showed that processes of identity-construction as it can be seen for the relation of adolescent subjects to the medium computer and computer-based new media are a big issue within adolescent self-development at the beginning of the 21st century. Related to this identity construction is the necessity of coping with fragmentariness and of constructing meaning.

Keywords: adolescent self-development; computer-based new media; empirical theology; identity construction; religious praxis



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