The relationship between online engagement and users’ perceived benefits: Exploring the differences among rural and urban internet users

Gwang Kim, Sora PARK

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Abstract

While the provision of infrastructure has largely been successful in South Korea, the divergent uses after getting access to the networks have resulted in a new type of digital exclusion. Among the many factors that lead to a longer term divide among those who benefit from the technologies and those who do not, this study examined the frequency and type of activities users engage with online and the relationship with their perceived benefits. The differences among rural and urban internet users were further examined. A secondary data analysis of a subset (N=3,641) of a national survey conducted by the National Information Society Agency (NIA) in 2013 reveals that the frequency of online engagement and the ways in which people use online services are related to how people perceive of the internet to be beneficial in their everyday lives. Urban internet users perceived of the benefits to be higher compared to rural users. Acquiring constant access and engaging frequently with various online activities are significant factors that shape internet users’ perception of the benefits that the internet entails.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsCecilia Metra
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherComputer Society Press
Pages3444-3451
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
ISBN (Print)9781479973682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Kauai, Kauai, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20158 Jan 2015

Conference

Conference48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKauai
Period5/01/158/01/15

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