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Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet on Everyday British Life

Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet on Everyday British Life
Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet on Everyday British Life

This chapter examines the "impact" of the Internet on the everyday lives of UK citizensthrough the integration of quantitative longitudinal time-use data and qualitative interviews.It shows that there is little significant change in people's time use that can be associated withtheir acquisition of an Internet connection and so demonstrates the over-simplicity ofthe 'impact' model for understanding the role of the Internet in everyday life. Instead, itsuggests that lifestyle and/or lifestage transitions may trigger adoption of the Internet and,simultaneously, changes in domestic time-use. It also demonstrates that 'Internet usage' istoo coarse a unit for sensible analysis. Rather, researchers need to consider the patterns ofusage of the various applications or services that the Internet delivers.

139-163
Wiley
Anderson, Ben
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Tracey, Karina
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Wellman, Barry
Haythornthwaite, Caroline
Anderson, Ben
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Tracey, Karina
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Wellman, Barry
Haythornthwaite, Caroline

Anderson, Ben and Tracey, Karina (2002) Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet on Everyday British Life. In, Wellman, Barry and Haythornthwaite, Caroline (eds.) The Internet in Everyday Life. Wiley, pp. 139-163. (doi:10.1002/9780470774298.ch4).

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This chapter examines the "impact" of the Internet on the everyday lives of UK citizensthrough the integration of quantitative longitudinal time-use data and qualitative interviews.It shows that there is little significant change in people's time use that can be associated withtheir acquisition of an Internet connection and so demonstrates the over-simplicity ofthe 'impact' model for understanding the role of the Internet in everyday life. Instead, itsuggests that lifestyle and/or lifestage transitions may trigger adoption of the Internet and,simultaneously, changes in domestic time-use. It also demonstrates that 'Internet usage' istoo coarse a unit for sensible analysis. Rather, researchers need to consider the patterns ofusage of the various applications or services that the Internet delivers.

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Published date: 2002

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Local EPrints ID: 455555
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455555
PURE UUID: 204de4c0-2720-4d77-8ed8-97a431d555ab
ORCID for Ben Anderson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2092-4406

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Date deposited: 25 Mar 2022 17:35
Last modified: 03 Sep 2022 01:49

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Author: Ben Anderson ORCID iD
Author: Karina Tracey
Editor: Barry Wellman
Editor: Caroline Haythornthwaite

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