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Television consumption trends among the ‘digital generation’ in Spain

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Abstract:

The development of new technologies is changing the habits of television consumption among young people. The multiplication of channels has intensified the fragmentation of the market and its audiences and the individualist atomization in the media preferences and consumption. This article is part of a research project aiming to establish television consumption preferences, opinions and habits of Spanish young people, aged between 14 and 25 years, and the differences between the two groups into which the respondents were divided (14–17 and 18–25). The article shows the extent to which Spanish youngsters have turned to new media as a source of entertainment.Indeed, one of the most groundbreaking results that should be highlighted is the difference between the two groups in their approach to the Internet as a source of entertainment.The article shows how the digital generation demands the adaptation of television content to the new platforms – such as the Internet or mobile phone – and the renewal of television formats. The findings of this study also point to trend indicators and guidelines that advertisers and media companies might be interested in when designing new creative and innovative television content.

Keywords: Spain; consumption; digital generation; media; television; trends

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijis.25.2.111_1

Affiliations: 1: Carlos III University 2: Valladolid University

Publication date: November 7, 2012

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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