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ERIC Number: EJ829776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
IT and Activity Displacement: Behavioral Evidence from the U.S. General Social Survey (GSS)
Robinson, John P.; Martin, Steven
Social Indicators Research, v91 n2 p115-139 Apr 2009
In order to track social change during a period of the rapid advances brought about by new information technologies (IT), a targeted module of IT-relevant and Internet questions was added to the 2000, 2002 and 2004 samples of the General Social Survey (GSS). The general issue inherent in and guiding the questions asked (as well as the analyses conducted) is whether IT functions to displace or expand various daily activities. In general, Internet use was not correlated with lower use of other personal communications or mass communications media--nor with lower levels of other social activities like church attendance or arts participation. In many cases the Internet was associated with increased use of other media or activities. Respondents who spend the most time on the Internet did report fewer social visits by relatives and neighbors, and perhaps less frequent sexual intercourse, but more visits with friends, compared to those who spent no time on the Internet.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey