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Special Section: Senses, emotions and artifacts: relational approaches (coord. Olga Sabido)

The experience of Internet-mediated teenage pregnancy: information on health and uncertainty

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Ivonne Mondragón

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), MX
About Ivonne

Licenciada en Sociología, especialidad en Sociología Rural por UAM Azcapotzalco. Master en Sociología, especialidad en Sociedad y Nuevas Tecnologías para UAM Azcapotzalco. Es autora del informe de investigación de 2018 «Reflexiones sobre posverdad: Juventud y Internet». Distintas miradas críticas desde CTS sobre posverdad. Ha participado en diversas actividades académicas, entre las que destacan la ponencia «La experiencia del embarazo adolescente mediado por internet: propuestas para una articulación teórica desde la fenomenología y los estudios CTS» del Congreso de la Sociedad Mexicana de Sociología, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, UNAM; la participación en el seminario «Epistemologías de las Ciencias de la Salud» del Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM; y también en el seminario «Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad» del Grupo de Impactos Sociales de la Biotecnología, Departamento de Sociología, UAM. 

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Abstract

The research (1) herein has as its objective the integration of the Internet in analysing the experience of teenage pregnancy, particularly in relation to searches on health and care, and the feeling of uncertainty which is generated around said investigations. It is affirmed that cyberspace becomes an attractive reference of meaning for prescribing risks, and therefore certainties, due to its linking, close-at-hand, personalisable and anonymous nature.

For this case, a phenomenological approach (Couldry et al. 2016) has been selected which integrates Internet technology -as well as other artefacts, actors and materiality- as a space from where and through which meaning is generated within the lived perceptual experience (Ihde, 2004) of Mexican women who have had a pregnancy during their teenage years.

The study was carried out following a qualitative approach, between February and May 2019. 10 women were interviewed, all residents of the State of Mexico, who were pregnant between the ages of 14 and 19. The results indicate that the Internet is constantly used by the participants, and although this space of interaction is perceived as risky, feelings are shaped by a personalised selection of experiences, moving between various sources of information.

(1) That which is presented here comes from the Master’s thesis in Sociology, developed from 2017 until the present day by the same author.
How to Cite: Mondragón, I., 2020. The experience of Internet-mediated teenage pregnancy: information on health and uncertainty. Digithum, (25), pp.1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i25.3205
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Published on 27 Jul 2020.
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