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MEDIATICINO 2.0 - Blessing or Curse? Smartphones in the Life of Adolescents



Camerini A. L.


Marciano L.


External participants

Osgood Nathaniel

(Project partner)


The growing diffusion of digital media among adolescents goes in hand with an increasing scientific interest in associated benefits and risks for adolescent well-being. To date, research on digital (mobile) media in the life of adolescents largely relies on cross-sectional survey data from adolescents and, at times, their parents. Furthermore, most studies with adolescents in the Swiss context have focused on the use of the Internet in general and provide only little insights on the role of digital mobile media, and smartphones in particular. As young generations increasingly turn to mobile devices, comprehensive studies on their use and the impact on adolescent well-being are urgently needed. To overcome these limitations, the present research project proposes four studies aimed at providing a better understanding of the benefits and risks of smartphones in the life of adolescents. The project is an extension of the longitudinal MEDIATICINO project. It makes use of a longitudinal mixed-methods study design in a sample of middle school students and their parents in Canton Ticino. The study combines objectively recorded data on adolescents' smartphone use (with the help of the Ethica Application) with survey responses from adolescents and their parents as well as adolescents' end-term grades.

Additional information

Start date
End date
45 Months
Funding sources
External partners
Department of Computer Science University of Saskatchewan
Swiss National Science Foundation / Project Funding / Humanities and social sciences (Division I)