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Social Networking as Leisure: An Attempt to Conceptualize Liquid Leisure

Ivana Olecká (), Ludmila Trochtová (), Jiří Pospíšil () and Helena Pospíšilová ()
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Ivana Olecká: Department of Christian Social Work, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Ludmila Trochtová: Department of Christian Education, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Jiří Pospíšil: Department of Christian Social Work, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Helena Pospíšilová: Department of Christian Education, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic

Sustainability, 2022, vol. 14, issue 9, 1-20

Abstract: Our research was intended to find out whether social networking is recognized and experienced as leisure or should be considered liquid leisure because its borders are fluid. This aim was connected to the broader question of whether there are still clear borders between work, leisure, and other life aspects. The research was designed as a cross-sectional ex-post-facto study. The survey examined data collected through a structured questionnaire completed and returned by 3451 respondents aged 15+ selected from the general population of the Czech Republic. The statistical significance of hypotheses was tested using χ 2 statistics for two-way (C × R) and three-way (C × R × L) contingency tables. Only 752 (21.79%) respondents reported not having or using an online social network account. Even though there is no reason why social networking should not be considered leisure, there was a considerable discrepancy between those who considered social media a leisure activity (8.2%) and those who did not (78.21%). Therefore, this kind of leisure activity is conceptualized in this paper as a specific liquid leisure.

Keywords: balance; gender; leisure; liquid; online social networks (OSNs) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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