Voorveld, H. A. M., & Van der Goot, M. (2013). Age differences in media multitasking: A diary study. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 57(3), 392-408. doi: 10.1080/08838151.2013.816709

Abstract: This study provides insight in age differences in the amount of media multitasking and in the media that people combine. Results of a diary study (N = 3,048) among 13- to 65-year-olds reject the popular notion that media multitasking is particularly prevalent among young people. The youngest (13–16 years) and the oldest (50–65 years) age groups did distinguish themselves in terms of media combinations. The youngest group particularly combined music with online activities, whereas the oldest group was unique in combining radio with e-mail or newspapers. A plausible explanation for these age differences in media multitasking are lifespan related and generational differences in media use in general.

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