Digital divide in social networking sites

Yoosun Hwang, Namkee Park

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This study investigated the effects of demographic variables on the use of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) and SNS users' internet skills to expand the theoretical scope of digital divide. The effects of individuals' intentions of using SNSs on their social participation were also examined. Data were obtained through an online survey. For the analysis of SNS use, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Cyworld were included. Results demonstrate that, for both SNS use and internet skills, education, monthly income and smartphone use affected SNS use positively, whereas age affected them negatively. Intention of relationship management and hard news consumption on SNSs influenced participation in social activities. Implications of the findings were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-464
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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