How offline backgrounds interact with digital capital

Ragnedda, Massimo, Addeo, Felice and Ruiu, Maria (2022) How offline backgrounds interact with digital capital. New Media & Society. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1461-4448 (In Press)

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This article investigates the interaction between digital capital and some offline components (economic, cultural, political, social and personal) that represent the background against which we access and use the Internet. Based on a stratified sample of the UK population (868), six indexes (one for each component) were generated through factor analysis and univariate analysis. We summarised them into a unique model by performing a multiple linear regression to evaluate the role-played by offline components in the development/reinforcement of digital capital. The interaction between these new indexes and the digital capital index shows that, with the exception of the political component, all offline backgrounds positively contribute to digital capital. Moreover, the multiple regression analysis shows that the economic and social components have the strongest influence on digital capital.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: British Academy SRG18R1\180983.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital capital, digital divide, digital inequalities, social capital
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 14:10
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 16:00

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