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Orig. title: FIM-Studie 2016: Familie, Interaktion, Medien. Untersuchung zur Kommunikation und Mediennutzung in Familien

Engl. transl.: FIM Study 2016: Family, Interaction, Media. Study on communication and media use in families

Study details

Year: 2016
Scope: National
Countries: Germany
Methodology: Empirical research – Quantitative
Methods of data collection: Media diaries; Survey; Interview
Researched Groups: Families
Funder: Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK), Landeszentrale für Medien und Kommunikation Rheinland-Pfalz (LMK)
Funder Types: Regional Government
Consents: Consent obtained from parents
Informed Consent: Consent obtained
Ethics: Ethical considerations not mentioned


Unlike JIM and KIM, the FIM study focuses on the whole family and is therefore methodologically complex. Because all rights entitled to exercise are questioned in the course of the investigation and the results are related to one another. The focus is on the following sets of questions: • Quality, information and forms of communication within the family • Interests of communicative behavior patterns different in the family • Similarities and rights of the generations in media use • Importance of media technology and media content in the family structure The FIM study rounds off the data from the JIM and KIM study series, uses them around the family perspective and entitles personal rights in German family life with a focus on media and media use, but also with a clearer perspective. The FIM 2016 study on the correct level of media use in families made the difference between the far-reaching rights in everyday media life through the rights of smartphones and mobile internet - five years after the first FIM study in 2011. (FIM Study, p.3)

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