Internet use among urban Malaysians: Network diversity effects

Antoon De Rycker, Nicole Yang Lai Fong, Catherine Lee Cheng Ean, Ramachandran Ponnan, B. Mohamad, H. Abu Bakar
2017 SHS Web of Conferences  
This study examines social network diversity in urban areas relative to residents' usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Individual-level variation in social network diversity was measured using position generator data collected as part of a survey conducted in Malaysia's Klang Valley (N = 808). Regression analyses were performed to assess the extent to which network diversity is related to ICTs. We find that most ICTs have a negative effect on diversity. Only frequent use
more » ... of the Internet at work, mobile access to the Internet, and reading online news or blogs contribute positively to diversity. Findings support both a tendency toward 'networked individualism' and the more recent 'glocalization' thesis that some ICTs may also afford participation within local space rather than only across distant space.
doi:10.1051/shsconf/20173300066 fatcat:qlthanbwbrgxlfxanrcmforjqm