The impact of internet use on the other side of the digital divide

Linda A. Jackson, Alexander Von Eye, Gretchen Barbatsis, Frank Biocca, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Yong Zhao

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Abstract

A survey was conducted to study the factors influencing the social impact of Internet use. The influence of greater Internet use on psychological well-being and social involvement in low-income adults and dependence on race and other factors was also analyzed. It was observed from the survey results that Internet use has no effect on the psychological well-being and social involvement regardless of how Internet use was measured. The low-income families view Internet as information tool, instead of a a communication tool. Narrowing the digital divide, the Internet may become an important communication tool for low-income families as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

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  • Computer Science(all)

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    Jackson, L. A., Von Eye, A., Barbatsis, G., Biocca, F., Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zhao, Y. (2004). The impact of internet use on the other side of the digital divide. Communications of the ACM, 47(7), 43-47. https://doi.org/10.1145/1005817.1005819