Internet use among urban Malaysians: Network diversity effects

Rycker, Antoon De and Yang, Nicole Yang Lai and Lee, Catherine Cheng Ean * and Ramachandran, Ponnan (2016) Internet use among urban Malaysians: Network diversity effects. In: International Conference on Communication and Media: An International Communication Association Regional Conference, September 18-20 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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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: SHS Web of Conferences 33 (2017)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Arts > Dept. Communication and Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 09:50
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/470

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