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Cyberpsychology by Garry Young, Monica T. Whitty

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9 Leisure and Entertainment

Have new digital technologies freed up more time to pursuit leisure activities or have they simply created more work for the average user? Many daily errands that used to take up time in the form of travelling, lining up in queues and communicating with others can now be carried out online (e.g., banking, shopping). Arguably, this should help to free up more time to pursue leisure activities, but has it? More than this, the Internet provides a means by which we can pursue our leisure interests – so much so that, for Rojek (1994), the Internet is a space in which to re‐imagine leisure, a claim supported by the fact that, in 2006, nearly 40% of those surveyed in the US reported leisurely surfing the Internet ...

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