First-Year University Students in the Pandemic Emergency: Daily Life, Emotional Dimensions, and Mediatization of Distance

Author/s Michele Bonazzi, Marco Pedroni
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2023/2
Language Italian Pages 15 P. 87-101 File size 223 KB
DOI 10.3280/WE2023-002007
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The article examines the repercussions of the pandemic emergency on the daily lives of young first-year university students during the transition from high school to university, a pivotal moment both educationally and symbolically. Emphasis is placed on the identity construction process in a pandemic context and how distance learning and digital tools were utilized both to support learning and to address feelings of isolation. Testimonies from the sample reveal a generation that, contrary to stereotypes, critically reflects on their use of technology, the challenges of “mediatization of distance,” and the balance between digital and physical interactions. This research offers a unique perspective on the experiences of youth navigating a critical phase of their lives during extraordinary times.

Keywords: well-being; mediatization; pandemic; digital media; sociability; FOMO.

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Michele Bonazzi, Marco Pedroni, Le matricole nell’emergenza pandemica: vita quotidiana, dimensioni emotive e mediatizzazione della distanza in "WELFARE E ERGONOMIA" 2/2023, pp 87-101, DOI: 10.3280/WE2023-002007