A technology of well-being. A qualitative study on the use of MP3 players as a medium for musical self care
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The Ph.D. study "A technology of well-being" takes on a positive, resource-oriented approach to the research on use of MP3 players. The aim of the study is to interrogate whether and how the use of MP3 players can function as a medium of musical self-care, subjective well-being, and positive health. Interrogating the possible role of MP3 players in individuals’ self-care, the study focuses on self-regulation and coping. The research questions are interrogated by implementing a qualitative, empirical study. Interviews with adult urban users of MP3 players are carried out, focusing on their experiences of this use. The interviews are analyzed within a theoretical framework based on health theories and positive psychology. Although there seem to be several risks related to the use of MP3 players – hearing damage, concert about traffic safety, and issues concerning isolation and the social environment – it appears that use of MP3 players also has positive consequences for the users, which are presented in the thesis.
Dissertation for the PhD degree Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo 2012 - Avhandling (Ph.D.) - Norges musikkhøgskole, 2012
PublisherNorwegian Academy of Music
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