Entangled with technology: Engagement with Facebook among the young old


  • Nancy A. Van House




This article frames the concepts of use and non-use in terms of Ingold’s understanding of life as on-going movement along multiple lines, or meshwork, and tangles of relationships to people, places, and things. In addition, I draw on practice theory and the turn to ontology, which argues that any one technology is enacted as multiple technologies via different practices. Based on a study of engagement with Facebook among the young old (age 60 to 70), I argue that use and non-use can be understood in terms of the different versions of a technology enacted or envisioned. A person’s engagement with a technology is a knot in the tangle of lines that are the trajectories of technologies and of people’s lives.

Author Biography

Nancy A. Van House

Nancy Van House is a Professor Emerita in the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. Her research is concerned with the practices and understandings associated with new technologies, especially visual technologies and social media.




How to Cite

Van House, N. A. (2015). Entangled with technology: Engagement with Facebook among the young old. First Monday, 20(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i11.6311