The experience of connectivity : results from a survey of Australian internet users

Allen, Matthew 2010, The experience of connectivity : results from a survey of Australian internet users, Information, communication and society, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 350-374, doi: 10.1080/13691180903456553.

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Title The experience of connectivity : results from a survey of Australian internet users
Author(s) Allen, MatthewORCID iD for Allen, Matthew
Journal name Information, communication and society
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 350
End page 374
Total pages 25
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 1369-118X
Keyword(s) internet connectivity
Australian internet use
research methodology
Summary This article presents the findings from a survey of Australian Internet users (n = 1172), conducted in 2007, investigating their overall experience of connectivity at home. Experience of connectivity is defined to mean how people use the Internet to achieve general outcomes of value to them in their everyday lives, and includes both the range of outcomes and the significance of the Internet in achieving them. The survey, thus, reports on the experience of a single behaviour – ‘using the Internet’ – rather than, as common in other research, multiple specific behaviours conducted while online. The article analyses the data collected to draw conclusions that provide greater depth of understanding of connectivity understood as the phenomenon in, and of, itself. This article contributes important information about the experiences of Australian Internet users, about which there have been only a few and relatively superficial studies. It also provides an example of a new approach to surveying Internet users that can lead to more direct conclusions about the value and extent of their uses of connectivity in their lives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13691180903456553
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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Document type: Journal Article
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