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The digital generation and nursing robotics: a netnographic study about nursing care robots posted on social media
Department of Nursing and Care, The Red Cross University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Caring science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2016 (English)In: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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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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nethnography, nursing robotics, postmodernism, qualitative research, robotics, social media
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22729DOI: 10.1111/nin.12165PubMedID: 27730737ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84995921602OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22729DiVA: diva2:1045803
Available from: 2016-11-10 Created: 2016-11-10 Last updated: 2016-12-07Bibliographically approved

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