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The winner takes IT all: Swedish digital divides in global internet usage
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (Individ och samhälle (VIDSOC), Individual and Society)
2018 (English)In: Digital Transformation and Global Society / [ed] Daniel A. Alexandrov, Alexander V. Boukhanovsky, Andrei V. Chugunov, Yury Kabanov, Olessia Koltsova, Springer Verlag , 2018, Vol. 859, p. 3-18Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the present study, we examined the influence of personality factors and demographic factors on Internet usage. Personality was defined from the Five Factor Model of personality in terms of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism, while demographic factors were defined as gender, age and socioeconomic status (e.g. income and educational attainment). The results from a large, representative Swedish sample (N = 1,694) show that global Internet usage can be explained by a high degree of Extraversion, young age and high socioeconomic status. Our findings are consistent with some previous studies, but in contrast with others. We discuss contrasting results in terms of different study designs, cultures and time periods of Internet development. The results are discussed in terms of the “rich get richer model” and digital divides, and what broader implication our findings might have for society. The study may help facilitate our understanding regarding future challenges in the Internet design. 

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Springer Verlag , 2018. Vol. 859, p. 3-18
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Communications in Computer and Information Science, CCIS, ISSN 1865-0929, E-ISSN 1865-0937
Keywords [en]
age, gender, internet, personality, socio-economic status, population statistics, demographic factors, educational attainments, five-factor model of personality, future challenges, internet development, economics
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Applied Psychology Media Engineering Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Individual and Society VIDSOC
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16473DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02846-6_1Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057086103ISBN: 978-3-030-02845-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-02846-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16473DiVA, id: diva2:1268691
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International Conference on Digital Transformation and Global Society DTGS 2018,Third International Conference, DTGS 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 30 – June 2,2018
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved

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