Patterns of European youngsters’ daily use of media




Young e-audiences, online media, networked media, traditional media, mediatisation, media usage


The mediatisation of young people daily lives constitutes a significant subject due to the expressive use of media in their daily routines. In this article, we resort to a representative sample of 3609 online respondents aged between 14 and 30 years old from nine European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland and Portugal), in order to perceive the impact new (and “old”) media have in these youngsters daily media consumption activities. The results of this online survey show complementary uses between networked and traditional media, but also highlight a gradual substitution of “old” by “new” networked individualized media when leisure and news-related activities are at stake.

Author Biography

Maria José Brites, Universidade Lusófona do Porto e Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade

Maria José Brites is Assistant professor at the Lusophone University of Porto (ULP) and postdoctoral researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS/UMinho), with a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BPD/92204/2013). She had coordinated (in Portugal) the RadioActive project (531245-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-KA3-KA3). She is a member of three research networks (CEDAR - Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research, COST IS1401 European Literacy Network and COST IS1410 DigitLitEY) and one cross-national collaborative project (News as Democratic Resources: Cross Cultural Comparative Research). She concluded her PhD in Communication Sciences in the NOVA University of Lisbon in 2013. Her research interests include issues such as Youth, journalism and participation, Audience studies and News and civic literacy. She started the blog ANLiteMedia as a way to track these issues. She has worked as a journalist in several newspapers and magazines in Portugal (press card 3182).




How to Cite

Pacheco, L., Torres da Silva, M., Brites, M. J., Henriques, S., & Damásio, M. J. (2017). Patterns of European youngsters’ daily use of media. Observatorio (OBS*), 11(4).