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Vad är det på tv ikväll?: En kvalitativ studie om svenska gymnasieelevers användning av och attityd till tv-mediet
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What’s on TV tonight? (English)
Abstract [en]



Authors:                           Emmy Davidsson and Fredrik Doohan Pehrman

Title:                                  What’s on TV tonight?

Swedish title:                  Vad är det på tv ikväll?

Level:                                BA Thesis in Media and Communication Studies

Language:                                             Swedish

Number of pages:          53



The purpose of this study is to chart and explain Swedish high school students’ TV viewing and their attitude towards the TV medium. The aim is also to discuss the students’ views on news and citizenship. The purpose is also to, through the term habitus, explore how the background of a person reflects on their choice of TV content, in what way they watch television and on their purpose of TV viewing. What similarities and differences can we discover in different groups’ TV viewing and attitude towards the TV medium and how can these similarities and differences be explained?


The used method is a qualitative method of investigation, divided in three parts. The first part is a TV diary, in which the respondents document different aspects of their TV viewing during a week. The second part of the method is focus groups and the last part is a survey concerning the background environment of the respondents.


Main result:

In our study we have determined that Swedish high school students still, in some aspects, watch television in a traditional manner. They mainly watch entertaining content, but the varieties of entertainment vary depending on habitus, especially gender. We have also discovered that TV viewing is fragmented, but also formalized depending on which level; general, group or individual level, we choose to study. The main aspect of habitus that influence the behavior concerning TV viewing is gender, but also other aspects of habitus, for example education and place to live. We have studied a rather homogenous group of students, which result in differences in attitude towards the TV medium, mostly based on gender. However, we have also discovered subtleties in attitude between the different groups of respondents depending on lifestyle and taste. The results concerning TV use and attitude towards television can not alone determine if Swedish high school students are enlightened members of society or not. However, through habitus and the influence of parenthood and schooling, the students gain opportunities to create habits and a behavior surrounding news consumption that will make them take their social responsibility later in life.

Program:                          The Program for Information and Communication Studies

Location:                          Linnaeus University, Växjö

Period:                              March – May 2012

Assessor:                        Magnus Eriksson

Examinor:                        Malin Hjorth


Keywords:                       media use · TV · TV viewing · habitus · capital · identity · taste ·                           lifestyle · social responsibility · individualization · fragmentation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
media use, TV, TV viewing, habitus, capital, identity, taste, lifestyle, social responsibility, individualization, fragmentation.
Keyword [sv]
medieanvändning, TV, TV-tittande, habitus, kapital, identitet, smak, livsstil, samhällsansvar, individualisering, fragmentering.
National Category
Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19878OAI: diva2:533374
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
Public Relations and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-19 Created: 2012-06-13 Last updated: 2012-06-19Bibliographically approved

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