Beneath the 'Digital Native' myth: understanding young Australians' online time use

Smith, Jonathan, Skrbis, Zlatko and Western, Mark (2013) Beneath the 'Digital Native' myth: understanding young Australians' online time use. Journal of Sociology, 49 1: 97-118. doi:10.1177/1440783311434856

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Author Smith, Jonathan
Skrbis, Zlatko
Western, Mark
Title Beneath the 'Digital Native' myth: understanding young Australians' online time use
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2013-03
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783311434856
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 118
Total pages 22
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
As young people’s internet use shapes their experiences of education, work and personal relationships, their portrayal as ‘Digital Natives’ suggests that they are invariably better positioned than preceding generations to capitalize on such changes. Recent debates in internet use research undermine this view. While acknowledging socio-demographic differences in use, theorists disagree as to whether these reflect disparities in internet access, processes of social stratification, or users’ rational assessment of risks and opportunities. Incorporating these views, this article develops a framework for investigating differences in academic and social internet use by using data from 6444 high school students in Queensland, Australia. The results show that different factors structure students’ entry into these use pathways. Since social use depends on one’s home access context, remote students with poorer access spent less time on this activity, whereas students at independent and Catholic schools were heavier academic users, because they possessed the requisite academic orientation.
Keyword Digital divide
Digital natives
Internet use
Young people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print March 7, 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2013 Collection
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