Digital Living: The Impact (or Otherwise) of the Internet on Everyday British Life


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© 2002 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. This chapter examines the "impact" of the Internet on the everyday lives of UK citizensthrough the integration of quantitative longitudinal time-use data and qualitative interviews.It shows that there is little significant change in people's time use that can be associated withtheir acquisition of an Internet connection and so demonstrates the over-simplicity ofthe 'impact' model for understanding the role of the Internet in everyday life. Instead, itsuggests that lifestyle and/or lifestage transitions may trigger adoption of the Internet and,simultaneously, changes in domestic time-use. It also demonstrates that 'Internet usage' istoo coarse a unit for sensible analysis. Rather, researchers need to consider the patterns ofusage of the various applications or services that the Internet delivers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, B; Tracey, K

Published Date

  • February 25, 2008

Book Title

  • The Internet in Everyday Life

Start / End Page

  • 139 - 163

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0631235078

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780631235071

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/9780470774298.ch4

Citation Source

  • Scopus