Personal computer references

Last updated: 14th July 2022) (no new references since 2019)

* = Updated 15th May 2018
** = Updated 1st May 2019

The following selection of references reflects my choices about which papers, chapters, books, etc. relate to my interest in ICTs in everyday life. Hence, they usually report empirical research.

Ahn, J. and Randall, G. (2007) Computer Game Addiction. Available at:

Attewell, P., Suazo-Garcia, B. and Battle, J. (2003) Computers and Young Children: Social Benefit or Social Problem?' Social Forces, Vol.82, No.1.

Aune, M. (1996) ‘The Computer in Everyday Life: Patterns of Domestication of a New Technology’, in Lie, M and Sørensen (eds) Making Technologies Our Own? Domesticating Technology into Everyday Life, Scandinavian University Press, Oslo, pp.91-120.

Beckers, J., Schmidt, H. and Wicherts, J. (2008) 'Computer Anxiety in Daily Life: Old History', in Loos, E., Haddon, L. and Mante-Meijer, E. (eds) The Social Dynamics of information and Communication Technology, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp.13-24.

Beckers, J., Mante-Meijer, E. and Schmidt, H. (2001) "Smart Home Seeking smart Owner" Anxiety related to Usage of Computer Technology in Dutch Homes. Paper presented at the conference 'Machines that Become Us' Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US, 18th-19th April.

Brynin, M. (2006) ‘The Neutered Computer’, in Kraut, R, Brynin, M. and Kiesler, S. (eds) Computers, Phones and the Internet. Domesticating Information Technology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp.84-96.

Caron, A., Giroux, L. and Douzou, S. (1989) 'Uses and Impacts of Home Computers in Canada', in Salvaggio, J. and Bryant, J. (eds) Media Use in the Information Age, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc, Hillsdale, NJ, pp.,147-62.

Colwell, J., Grady, C., and Rhaiti, S. (1995) ‘Computer Games, Self-esteem, and Gratification of Needs in Adolescents’, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, No. 5, pp.195–206.

Cordes C, Miller E (eds). (2000). Fool’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood. Alliance for Childhood: College Park, MD.

Dickerson, M. and Gentry, J. (1983) 'Characteristics of Adopters and Non-Adopters of Home Computers', Journal of Consumer Research, No.10, pp.225-35.

Dilaver,O. (2014) 'Making sense of innovations: A comparison of personal computers and mobile phones', New Media & Society, Vol. 16(8) 1214–1232

Downes T. (1998) 'Using the Computer at Home'. In IT for Learning Enhancement (ed. M. Monteith), Intellect Books, Oxford,  pp. 61–78.

Downes, T. (1999) Children’s and Parents' Discourses about Computers in the Home and School’, Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol.5, No.4, pp.104-11.

Downes T. (2002) 'Blending Play, Practice and Performance: Children’s Use of Computer at Home'. Journal of Educational Enquiry 3, 21–34.

Durkin, K. and Barber, B. (2002) ‘Not so Doomed: Computer Game Play and Positive Adolescent Development’, Applied Developmental Psychology, No. 23, pp.373–392.

Dutton, W., Rogers E. and Jun, S. (1987) ‘Diffusion and Social Impacts of Personal Computers’, Communications Research, Vol.14, No.2, pp.219-50.

Dutton, W., Kovaric, P. and Steinfield, C. (1985) 'Computing in the Home: A Research Paradigm', Computers and the Social Sciences, No.1, pp.5-18.

Dutton, W., Sweet, P. and Rogers E. (1989) ‘Socio-Economic Status and Early Diffusion of Personal Computing in the United Sates’, Social Science Computer Review, Vol.?

Egenfeldt-Nielsen, S. and Smith, J.H. (2004) Playing with Fire: How do Computer Games Affect the Player? Goteborg: UNESCO Clearinghouse for Children and Violence on the Screen.

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R. and Sutherland, R. (2003) Screenplay: Children and Computing in the Home, Routledge, London.

Facer, K., Sutherland, R., Furlong, R. and Furlong, J. (2001), ‘What’s the Point of Using computers? The Development of Young People’s Computer Expertise in the Home’, New Media and Society, Vol.3, No.2, June, pp.199-219.

Ferrari, M. and Klinzing et al (1985) ‘Home Computers: Implications for Children and Families’, in Sussman, M. (Ed.) Personal Computers and the Family, Haworth Press, New Yourk, pp.41-57

Frohlich, D., Dray, S. and Silverman, A. (2001) 'Breaking up is hard to do: Family Perspectives on the Future of the Home PC', International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. No.54, 701-24.

Frohlich, D. and Kraut, R. (2003) ‘The Social Context of Home Computing’, in Harper, R. (Ed.) Inside the Smart Home, London: Springer, 127-162.

Gerpott, T., Thomas, S. and Weichert, M. (2013) 'Personal characteristics and mobile Internet use intensity of consumers with computer-centric communication devices: An exploratory empirical study of iPad and laptop users in Germany', Telematics and Informatics, 30, 87–99.

Griffiths M., and Hunt, N. (1995) Computer Game Playing in Adolescence Prevalence and Demographic Indicators. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, No.5., pp.189–194.

Haddon, L. (1990) 'Researching Gender and Home Computers' in Sørensen, K. and Berg, A. (eds) Technology and Everyday Life: Trajectories and Transformations, University of Trondheim, Trondheim and (1993) in Vershinskaya, O.(Ed.), Informatization in the Social Sphere, Institute of Population Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Haddon, L. (1991) ‘The Cultural Production and Consumption of IT’, in MacKay, H., Young, M. and Benyon, J. (eds) Understanding Technology in Education, Falmer Press, London, pp.157-75.

Haddon, L. (1992) ‘Explaining ICT Consumption: The Case of the Home Computer’, in Silverstone, R. and Hirsch, E. (eds) Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces, Routledge, London, pp.82-96.

Haddon, L. (2011) ‘Home Computers’, in Southerton, D. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, California: Sage, pp. 740-742.

Haddon, L. and Skinner, D. (1991) 'The Enigma of the Micro: Lessons from the British Home Computer Boom', Social Science Computer Review, Fall, Vol.9, No.3, pp.455- 49.

Hall, P., Nightingale, J. and MacAulay, T. (1985) 'A Survey of Microcomputer ownership and Usage', Prometheus, Vol.3, No.1, pp.156-73.

Håpnes, T. (1996) ‘Not in Their Machines. How Hackers Transform Computers into Subcultural Artefacts’, in Lie, M and Sørensen, K. (eds), Making Technologies Our Own? Domesticating Technology into Everyday Life, Scandinavian University Press, Oslo, 121-50.

Healy J. (1998). Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds. Simon & Schuster: New York.

Hughes, R. and Hans, J. (2001) ‘Computers, the Internet and Families: A Review of the Role of New Technologies in Family Life’, Journal of Family Issues, No.22, pp.776-90

Jouët, J. (1987) L’Écran Apprivoisé: Télématique et Informatique á Domicile, CNET, Paris

**Kelly, J. (2009) ‘Not so revolutionary after all: The role of reinforcing frames in US magazine discourse about microcomputers’, New Media and Society, 18(1), 17-31.

Kennedy, H. (2005) ‘Subjective Intersections in the Face of the Machine: Gender, Race, Class and PCs in the Home’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 12 No.4, pp.471-487.

Kerawalla L. & Crook C. (2002) 'Children’s Computer Use at Home and at School: Context and Continuity'. British Educational Research Journal 28, 751–771.

Kryszczuk, M. (2006) 'Stability and Change of Computer Possession in Households. Analysis of Structural Determinants'. Paper for the conference ‘Inclusion/Exclusion, UCL School of Slavonic and East European studies, London, 16th-18th February.

Lahtinen, H. (2000) ‘On Purchasing a Home Computer’, in Sloane, A. and van Rijn, F. (eds) Home Informatics and Telematics: Information, Technology and Society, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Mass. pp.191-204.

Lally, E. (2002) At Home with Computers, Berg, Oxford.

Lanigan, J. D., Bold, M. & Chenoweth, L. (2009) ‘Computers in the family context: perceived impact on family time and relationships’, Family Science Review, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 16–32.

Lindsay, C. (2003) 'From the Shadows: Users asDesigners, Producers, Marketers, Distributors, and Technical Support', in Oudshoorn, N and Pinch, T. (eds) How Users Matter. The Co-construction of Users and Technology, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp.29-50

Ling, R. and Thrane, K. (2001) "It actually separates us a little bit, but I think that is an advantage": The Management of Electronic Media in Norwegian Households. Paper for the conference 'e-Usages', Paris, 12-14th June.

Mackay, H. (1993) Completing the Circuit: The Meaning of the Mac, paper presented at the ESRC PICT National Conference, Keniworth, May.

McKenney, S. and J. Voogt (2010). "Technology and young children: How 4–7 year olds perceive their own use of computers." Computers in Human Behavior 26(4): 656-664.

Murdock, G., Hartmann, P. and Gray, P. (1992) ‘Contextualising Home Computers: Resources and Practices’, in Silverstone, R. and Hirsch, E. (eds.) Consuming Technologies, Routledge, London, pp.146-62.

Nissen, J. (1989) 'Computer Captivated Youth: A Swedish Picture'. Paper presented at the conference ‘Children in the Information Age’ Sofia, May.

Nissen, J. (1997) ‘The Hacker Culture and Masculinity, in Frissen, V. (Ed.) Gender, ITCs and Everyday Life: Mutual Shaping Processes, Proceedings from the COSTA4, Granite workshop in Amsterdam, 8-11 February 1996, EC, Brussels.

Noller, P., Paul, G., Ritter, M and Hoffmann, U. (1988) Die Bedeutung des Computers im Alltag von Kondern und Jugendlichen, Verbund Sozialwissenschaftlichen Technikforshung, München.

Noller, P., Paul, G. (1991) Jugendlicher Computerfans: Selbstbilder und Lebensentwürfe, Campus, Frankfurt.

Norman, D. (1998) The Invisible Computer. Why Good Products can Fail, the Personal Computer is so Complex, and Information Appliances are the Solution, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

*Orleans, M., & Laney, M. C. (2000) ‘Children’s Computer Use in the Home: Isolation or Sociation?’  Social Science Computer Review, 18(1), 56–72.

Paul, G. (1990) ‘Self Images and Approaches towards Life among Young Computer Fans in Germany’, in Monsi, K.(Ed.) The Private Household in Technology Research, Arbeitspaper No.10, IWT, Wuppertal.

Pettersson, C. (2000) ‘Computers to the Households through Unions and Employers’, in Sloane, A. and van Rijn, F. (eds) Home Informatics and Telematics: Information, Technology and Society, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Mass.

Presvelou, C. (1986) Households, the Home Computer and Related Services in the Netherlands: Attitudes, Trends and Perspectives, FAST report no.94., March, University of Wageningen

Ribak, R. (2001) ‘“Like Immigrants” Negotiating Power in the Face of the Home Computer’, New Media and Society, Vol.3, No.2, June, pp.220-38.

Richardson M, Weaver CK and Zorn TE Jr (2005) ‘Getting on’: Older New Zealanders’ perceptions of computing. New Media & Society 7(2): 219–245.

Rutkowska, J., and Carlton, T. (1994) Computer Games in 12 to 13 year- olds’ Activities and Social Networks. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, University of Sussex.

Robinson, J.P. and Kestnbaum, M., (1999). 'The Personal Computer, Culture, and Other Uses of Free Time'. Social Science Computer Review 17 (2), 209

Rogers, E, (1985) ‘The Diffusion of Home Computers among Households in Silicon Valley’, Marriage and Family Review, No.8, ppp.89-100.

Seiter E (2008) Practising at Home: Computers, Pianos, and Cultural Capital. In: McPherson T (ed.) Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 27–52.

Selwyn N. (2003). ‘Doing IT for the Kids’: Re-examining Children, Computers and the ‘Information Society’". Media, Culture and Society, 25: 351–378.

Selwyn N (2006) 'Digital Division or Digital Decision? A Study of Non-users and Low-users of Computers. Poetics 34(4–5): 273–29

Shotten, M. (1989) Computer Addiction? A Study of Computer Dependency, Taylor and Francis, London.

Skinner, D. (1994) ‘Computerised Homes: Visions and Realities’, in Bjerg, K. and Borreby, K. (eds) Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Home Orientated Informatics, Telematics and Automation, Copenhagen, 27th June –1st July

Steinfield, C., Dutton, W. and Kovaric, P. (1989), ‘A Framework and Agenda for Research on Computing in the Home’, in Salvaggio, J. and Bryant, J. (eds) Media Use in the Information Age: Emerging patterns of Adoption and Computer Use, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Hillsdale, N.J.

Subrahmanyam, K., Kraut, R., Greenfield, P., and Gross, E. (2000) ‘The Impact of Home Computer Use on Children’s Activities and Development’, in The Future of Children: Children and Computer Technology, Vol. 10, No. 2 (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Fall/Winter)

Turkle, S. (1984) The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit, Granada, London.

Turkle, S. (1988) ‘Computational Reticence: Why Women Fear the Intimate Machine’, in Kramerae, C. (Ed.) Technology and Women’s Voices, Routledge, London, pp.41-61.

Van Dijck, J. (2005) ‘From Shoebox to Performative Agent: The Computer as a Personal Memory Machine’, New Media and Society, Vol.7, No.3, pp.311-32.

Venkatesh, A., Shih, E. and Stolzoff, N. (2000) ‘A Longitudinal Study of Computing in the Home’, in Sloane, A. and van Rijn, F. (eds) Home Informatics and Telematics: Information, Technology and Society, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Mass., pp.205-16

Vitalari, N., Venkatesh, A. and Gronhang, (1985) 'Computing in the Home: Shifts in Time Allocation Patterns of Households', Communications of the ACM, No.28, pp.512-22.

Vuojärvi, H., Isomäki, H., & Hynes, D. (2010). Domestication of a laptop on a wireless university campus: A case study. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(2): 250-267.

Wagner N, Hassanein K and Head M (2010) Computer use by older adults: A multi-disciplinary review. Computers in Human Behavior 26(5): 870–882.

*Wartella, E. and Jennings, N. (2000) ‘Children and computers: New

technology – old concerns’, The Future of Children, Vol. 10 No. 2, 31-43.

Wheelock, J. (1992) ‘Personal Computers, Gender and an Institutional Model of the Household’ in Silverstone, R. and Hirsch, E. (eds) Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces, , Routledge, London, pp.97-112.