Digital Leisure: An Opportunity for Intergenerational Well-Being in Times of Pandemic?

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Title: Digital Leisure: An Opportunity for Intergenerational Well-Being in Times of Pandemic?
Other Titles: Ocio digital ¿Oportunidad para el bienestar intergeneracional en tiempos de pandemia?
Authors: Alonso Ruiz, Rosa Ana | Sáenz de Jubera Ocón, Magdalena | Valdemoros San Emeterio, María Ángeles | Ponce de León, Ana
Keywords: Leisure | Digital | Grandparents | Grandchildren | Well-being | Ocio | Abuelos | Nietos | Bienestar
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2022
Publisher: University of Alicante
Citation: Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research. 2022, 11(1): 31-48.
Abstract: Leisure activities shared by grandparents and grandchildren provide important benefits. The health and humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made it necessary to use digital tools to alleviate the lack of contact between adults and children. This paper had as its aim to identify the digital leisure shared by grandparents and their pre-adolescent grandchildren (10-12 years old) before and during the pandemic, as well as its contribution to intergenerational well-being from a holistic paradigm, ultimately aiming to determine whether that digital leisure constitutes an experience of human development for young and old people alike. The sample was made up of 153 grandparents of 10-to-12-year-old children living in the north of Spain. Alongside the use of an ad hoc questionnaire, descriptive and inferential analyses were carried out. Most intergenerational leisure activities ceased to be performed during the lockdown, except for those that could be carried out remotely, thanks to information and communication technologies, which ensured the continuity of social and family interactions. Technological connectivity between generations provided greater support to communication and meaningful relationships, additionally facilitating active aging processes. | Las actividades de ocio compartidas por abuelos y nietos reportan beneficios importantes. La crisis sanitaria y humanitaria provocada por la pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19) ha hecho necesaria la utilización de herramientas digitales para aliviar la falta de contacto entre adultos y niños. Este trabajo tiene como objetivo identificar el ocio compartido entre los abuelos y sus nietos preadolescentes (de entre 10 y 12 años) antes de y durante la pandemia, así como su contribución al bienestar intergeneracional desde un paradigma holístico, con el fin de comprobar en última instancia si el ocio digital constituye una experiencia de desarrollo humano para los jóvenes y los mayores por igual. La muestra estaba formada por 153 abuelos de menores de entre 10 y 12 años residentes en el norte de España. Junto con el uso de un cuestionario ad hoc, se llevaron a cabo análisis descriptivos e inferenciales. La mayor parte de las actividades de ocio intergeneracionales dejaron de realizarse durante el confinamiento, salvo las que podían hacerse de forma remota, gracias a las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, que garantizaron la continuidad de las interacciones sociales y familiares. La conectividad tecnológica entre generaciones proporcionó un mayor apoyo para la comunicación y el establecimiento de relaciones significativas, facilitando asimismo los procesos de envejecimiento activo.
Sponsor: The text presented is associated with the research project “Leisure and well-being in an intergenerational perspective: from family daily life to social innovation in grandparent-grandchildren networks” (EDU2017-85642-R) [years 2017-2020], and serves as the basis of the current research project “Intergenerational leisure within the framework of the new normality. Education, opportunities and challenges” (PID2020-119438RB-I00) [years 2021-2024]; both financed through the National R&D&I Plan under two grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
ISSN: 2254-7339
DOI: 10.7821/naer.2022.1.806
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s). Distributed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0
Peer Review: si
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