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Autonomy Out of Control: Time Management in the Mediated Age

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DOI: 10.23977/ICEESR2023.027


Tianyi Xia, Siqi Ye

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Tianyi Xia


A response to the growing trend of “internalization” has been the usage of time management software (apps) by young people to quantitatively manage time and improve self-efficiency. This study explores the tensions that today’s youth experience between “autonomy” and “loss of control” in the digital age while examining the effects of the quantitative self “visible” characteristic and monitoring mechanisms in time management apps on users. The goal is to make time management techniques as effective as possible for this group. Instead than depending on straightforward dualism, it is crucial to understand that resolving structural difficulties necessitates a multidimensional approach. Thus, sociocultural viewpoints should be taken into account while analyzing and researching time management.


Time management; Visibility; Autonomy; monitoring

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