Preferences of Visual Language and Symbols in the Digital Age of Youth

Štúdia 7. 12. 2014, Bozena Supsakova Comenius University, Faculty of Education, Bratislava, Slovakia

The new media and social networks have changed the common ways of communication, education and living style as a whole in a radical way. We have studied one of the aspects of the new impact of media, and that is the impact on value orientation of children and youth. In the presentation we intend to analyse child’s pictures and to document how they reflect the current value orientation of children, world of their experiences and actual life experiences through the most frequent symbols.

We have studied what (who) the children are inspired and motivated by, or who they spend the most time with. In this connection we were interested if and how these symbols (and symbolism) are represented in child’s pictures. A new element which we have observed at young authors is preference of graphic symbols to verbal expression. It is a result of commencement of new technologies (e-mails, chat, sms messaging) which is liked mostly by young people. These forms of mutual contact, with regard to technological nature, use short expressions through abbreviations even signs (it saves time, fees for connection and transfer of messages and alike), and thereby makes the used terminology expressly poorer – there is a lack of interjections, extended sentences and similar. The paper focused on interpretation and understanding of daily experiences of youth with symbols and elements of visual art. On the basis of long-time research provide a summary of the system of values of children and young generation in Slovakia. The paper also analyses influence of television, internet, advertising, pc games on the system of values and interests of youth and children.

One of the aspects of this era is mass usage of the new media mostly by younger generation. Scientific researches claim that mostly children and the youth are very strongly bound to new media. Resulting from these findings, with an effort to enrich the knowledge base, we have studied one of the aspects of the new impact of media, and that is the impact on value orientation of children and youth. Our intent was to analyse child’s pictures and to document how they reflect the current value orientation of children, world of their experiences and actual life experiences through the most frequent symbols. We have studied what (who) the children are inspired and motivated by, or who they spend the most time with. In this connection we were interested if and how these symbols (and symbolism) are represented in child’s pictures.

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