ERIC Number: EJ700293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
How We Use Information Technology
Black Issues in Higher Education, v20 n24 p37 Jan 2004
Surveys can be tedious affirmations of what we already know. Sometimes survey authors extrapolate conclusions from raw data that you wouldn't necessarily agree with. Yet at their best, surveys can reveal new or only partly recognized truths about our collective behavior, which can cause us to re-examine our individual behavior and possibly even change it for the better. The latest study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on information technology, titled "Consumption of Information Goods and Services in the United States" and available as a free down--load from Pew's Web site at www.pewinternet.org, is a bit of all this, though it's considerably more insightful than not. This article evaluates this study's results and provides insight from those who have worked closest with the study and its development.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Users (Information), Use Studies, Internet, Individual Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States