Interactive poster at 69th Annual ICA conference
Observing internet-related phenomena through time is an interesting as well as a challenging research undergoing: Interesting, because of the dynamics of social and technological contexts that shape adoption of online services and usage patterns; Challenging, because social scientists and internet researchers have rarely the chance to collect empirical data about the same online phenomenon across multiple time points.
In this context, the study, conducted by Darja Grošelj, Ph.D., Vesna Dolničar, Ph.D., Tomaž Burnik, and Andraž Petrovčič, Ph.D. from the Centre for Social Informatics, presents an original longitudinal insight into how inter-generational family ties have shaped the proxy internet use among internet nonusers in Slovenia between 2009 and 2018. While the number of internet nonusers in Slovenia has decreased substantially over the last decade, the results show that the percentage of internet nonusers who access online content with the help of internet users has also shrunk. In addition, when the two samples were controlled for the sociodemographic characteristics, the results unveiled that (grand-)children as first choice proxies do not play an important role in a time perspective, while the importance of children’s presence in the household as well as the number of proxies available have diminished.
The study entitled “A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing the Role of Intergenerational Family Ties in Internet Non-Users’ Access to Online Services in 2009 and 2018” has been presented in the Communication and Technology Interactive Poster Session at The 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Washington, DC, May 24-28 2019.