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Internet use among urban Malaysians: network diversity effects


De Rycker, Antoon and Yang, Nicole Lai Fong and Lee, Catherine Cheng Ean and Ponnan, Ramachandran (2017) Internet use among urban Malaysians: network diversity effects. In: International Conference on Communication and Media: An International Communication Association Regional Conference (i-COME’16), 18th - 20th September 2016, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

This study examines social network diversity in urban areas relative to residents’ usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs).Individual-level variation in social network diversity was measured using position generator data collected as part of a survey conducted in Malaysia’s Klang Valley (N = 808). Regression analyses were performed to assess the extent to which network diversity is related to ICTs.We find that most ICTs have a negative effect on diversity Only frequent use of the Internet at work, mobile access to the Internet, and reading online news or blogs contribute positively to diversity.Findings support both a tendency toward ‘networked individualism’ and the more recent ‘glocalization’ thesis that some ICTs may also afford participation within local space rather than only across distant space.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in SHS Web of Conferences Volume 33 (2017)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: School of Multimedia Technology & Communication
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 01:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 01:29
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/20958

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