Being Unemployed in the Age of Social Media

Miriam Feuls, Christian Fieseler, Miriam Meckel, Anne Suphan

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This article reports the results of a stratified sample survey of 2414 unemployed individuals in Germany regarding Internet usage, accompanied by a small sample of qualitative interviews and time-use diaries. The Internet serves as a structuring device for individuals during unemployment and helps such individuals maintain social contacts; it fills time with activities for the unemployed that are meaningful from a normative perspective and are perceived subjectively as a good use of time. The Internet enables degrees of interaction that would otherwise not be possible because of financial difficulties. The research suggests that expanded interaction on the Internet for the unemployed would likely be beneficial.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Media & Society
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)944-965
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet motivations
  • Internet skills
  • Internet usage
  • Participation
  • Unemployment
  • User typologies

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