A User Perspective on Time Spent: Temporal Experiences of Everyday News Use

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Abstract

This paper explores what spending time means from a user
perspective. Drawing from three qualitative audience studies that
center around the notion of experience, it reveals three
complexities regarding time spent in relation to news use. Overall,
we find that time spent does not necessarily measure interest in,
attention to or engagement with news. First, time spent does not
reflect the quality of attention being paid. Second, there is no
linear relationship between time spent and interest or
engagement. More time spent on news use can be the result of
little interest or engagement, and vice versa. Experienced users
engage in quick news practices because they are practiced and
skillful at using news: they know how to handle and navigate
their devices, they can efficiently scan digital environments for
new and relevant information, and they are aware of news
conventions or title-specific tendencies telling them which parts
of news they could skip. Third, different news devices, platforms
and genres coincide with different temporal experiences of news.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages1
JournalJournalism Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • experience
  • news use
  • news consumption
  • time spent
  • temporality
  • news audiences
  • audience studies
  • journalism

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