The Digital User of Social Networks: A Comparative, Transcultural and Intergenerational Study (Pages: 598-610)

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Year-Number: 2013-Volume 5, Issue 3

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This article presents the results of a research study carried out in 2010 and 2011 on the evolution of the digital divide in two different cultural contexts: Europe and the United States of America. Using an Internet-based questionnaire parents and teenagers were surveyed regarding some variables related to their digital skills and their participation in social networks. Their answers were analyzed taking into account a range of factors such as age, gender and place of residence. The results highlight that there are significant differences between the United States of America and Europe regarding the presence of parents and teens on social networks, even though the generational digital divide decreases between minors and parents in both cultural contexts

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Abstract

This article presents the results of a research study carried out in 2010 and 2011 on the evolution of the digital divide in two different cultural contexts: Europe and the United States of America. Using an Internet-based questionnaire parents and teenagers were surveyed regarding some variables related to their digital skills and their participation in social networks. Their answers were analyzed taking into account a range of factors such as age, gender and place of residence. The results highlight that there are significant differences between the United States of America and Europe regarding the presence of parents and teens on social networks, even though the generational digital divide decreases between minors and parents in both cultural contexts

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