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The Meaning of "Running" Online
University of Skövde.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1403-5565
University of Skövde.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: An online community has been created by and for Swedish runners who choose to run alone. AIM: The aim of the study is to examine how lonesome runners create meaning in regard to digital tools in relation to running as it appears in online social networks. This study will explore how these runners adopt mobile applications when running alone to register information, based on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that generate feedback such as “performed kilometres”, “average pace”, “location”, “total climb”, “pulse rate” and “calories burned”. Method: Data material consists of postings and comments in threads derived from the online social networks as analyzed in a transactional approach. The data is defined as small stories in order to highlight the planned, imminent kind of narrative that render them distinct in relation to the lengthy, monologic narrative accounts elicited in social science research interviews. Findings: The main theme in runners use of digital tools is to show others/fellow online participants their running performance. Minor themes appearing in the stories are the credibility of measured information and a sense of community based on geographical location. Conclusion: Digital tools are used foremost to reinforce the runner identity. Runners make meaning of digital information as a way to highlight their social belonging: even if they are running alone they are a part of a community sharing the same experience online. Surprisingly, these runners do not use the performance-related feedback and health information offered by digital tools to enhance their progress in training and competition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
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Pedagogy
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Pedagogics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9922OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9922DiVA: diva2:971763
Conference
The 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sports & Exercise, At Loughborough University, UK, Volume: Loughborough University, UK 1-3 September, 2014
Available from: 2016-09-19 Created: 2016-09-19 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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