Digital–environmental habitus of families in England in times of pandemic

Maria Laura Ruiu, Gabriele Ruiu, Massimo Ragnedda*

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This article uses adopts a revised version of the concept of techno-environmental habitus to investigate and make sense of the differentiation among digital technology users’ attitudes towards the environment in England. Digital–environmental habitus refers to the combination of structural determinants (existing background) and the metabolised increased use of digital technologies in people’s everyday life that also interacts with individual environmental attitudes. The results of a national survey among English parents between 20 and 55 years suggest that parents’ education levels, gender, age and income play a role in increasing their awareness about the environmental-friendly use of digital technologies. This study shows that the digital–environmental habitus of parents in England is layered according to the combination of existing socioeconomic traits and individual capacity and willingness to adapt to a drastic increase in both the use of digital technologies (due to the social distancing imposed by the pandemic) and environmental degradation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number146144482211467
Number of pages21
JournalNew Media and Society
Early online date12 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2023


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