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The compoundness and sequentiality of digital inequality

Van Deursen, Alexander J.A.M., Helsper, Ellen, Eynon, Rebecca and van Dijk, Jan A.G.M (2017) The compoundness and sequentiality of digital inequality. International Journal of Communication, 11. pp. 452-473. ISSN 1932-8036

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Abstract

Through a survey with a representative sample of Dutch Internet users, this paper examines compound digital exclusion, that is, whether a person who lacks a particular digital skill also lacks another kind of skill; whether a person who does not engage in a particular way online is also less likely to engage in other ways; and whether a person who does not achieve a certain outcome online is also less likely to achieve another type of outcome. We also tested sequential digital exclusion, whether a lower level of digital skills leads to lower levels of engagement with the Internet resulting in a lower likelihood of an individual achieving tangible outcomes. Both types of digital exclusion are a reality. A certain use can have a strong relation with an outcome in a different domain. Furthermore, those who achieve outcomes in one domain do not necessarily achieve outcomes in another domain. To get a comprehensive picture of the nature of digital exclusion, it is necessary to account for different domains in research.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/index
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY-NC-ND
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68921

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