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

journal contribution
posted on 2010-04-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew Allen
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.

History

Journal

Information, communication and society

Volume

13

Issue

3

Pagination

350 - 374

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1369-118X

eISSN

1468-4462

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal