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Pekka Rasanen

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This article was downloaded by: [b-on: Biblioteca do conhecimento onlineUNL]On: 04 April 2013, At: 12:21Publisher: RoutledgeInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH,UK
Information, Communication &Society
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LINKED OR DIVIDED BY THEWEB?: Internet use andsociability infour Europeancountries
Pekka Räsänen
a
& Antti Kouvo
ba
Department of Sociology, University of Turku,FIN-20014, Finland E-mail:
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Department of Sociology, University of Turku,FIN-20014, Finland E-mail:Version of record first published: 24 Apr 2007.
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Pekka Räsänen & Antti Kouvo (2007): LINKED OR DIVIDED BYTHE WEB?: Internet use and sociability in four European countries, Information,Communication & Society, 10:2, 219-241
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Pekka Ra¨sa¨nen & Antti Kouvo
LINKED OR DIVIDED BY THE WEB?Internet use and sociability in fourEuropean countries
It is often assumed that the increased use of the new information and communi-cation technology (ICT) can displace traditional face-to-face sociability. At thesame time, it has been argued that the new ICT can also strengthen traditional  forms of sociability. This article evaluates these opposite views by examining howthe frequency of Internet use is connected with two forms of sociability: civicengagement and interpersonal involvement. Empirical interest is narroweddown to four European countries. The data utilized are the Finnish, British,French and Italian sections of the European Social Survey 2002–2003
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. The methods of analysis include cross-tabulations and logisticregression models. The findings indicate that frequent Internet use is positivelyassociated with both forms of sociability in all countries. However, there arealso cross-country differences in the strength of these associations and in theeffects of sociodemographic control variables. The findings thus suggest thatthe contemporary development of the information society has different impli-cations for different types of societies.
Keywords
Internet; civic engagement; interpersonal involvement;social capital; comparative research
Introduction
During the last decade, people have become familiar with the new informationand communication technologies (ICTs). The proliferation of the new appli-ances has generated many visions of changes in social practices. Basically, thenew ICT is argued to influence not only people’s allocation of time use, butalso their community involvement and social networks. It is often assumedthat the increased use of the new technology can displace traditional forms of face-to-face sociability. Simultaneously, however, some consider that technol-ogy can also increase interaction and the number of social contacts.
Information, Communication & Society Vol. 10, No. 2, April 2007, pp. 219–241
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