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The digital generation and nursing robotics: A netnographic study about nursing care robots posted on social media
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Nursing and Care. (Hälsa i Globala Transitioner)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0335-3472
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för hälsa och arbetsliv.
2016 (English)In: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to present the functionality and design of nursing care robots as depicted in pictures posted on social media. A netnographic study was conducted using social media postings over a period of 3 years. One hundred and Seventy-two images were analyzed using netnographic methodology. The findings show that nursing care robots exist in various designs and functionalities, all with a common denominator of supporting the care of one’s own and others’ health and/or well-being as a main function. The results also show that functionality and design are influenced by recent popular sci-fi/cartoon contexts as portrayed in blockbuster movies, for example. Robots’designs seem more influenced by popular sci-fi/cartoon culture than professional nursing culture. We therefore stress that it is relevant for nursing researchers to critically reflect upon the development of nursing care robots as a thoughtful discussion about embracing technology also might generate a range of epistemological possibilities when entering a postmodern era of science and practice.

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2016.
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nethnography; nursing robotics; postmodernism; qualitative research; robotics; social media
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2289DOI: 10.1111/nin.12165PubMedID: 27730737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2289DiVA: diva2:1037165
Available from: 2016-10-14 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved

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