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The digital divide among young people in Brussels: Social and cultural influences on ownership and use of digital technologies

  • Stefan Mertens and Leen d'Haenens
From the journal Communications


This article reports on a survey of youth in Brussels (N = 1,005) and their ownership and use of digital technologies, focusing specifically on the social and cultural diversity within this group. Socio-cultural diversity includes differences regarding ethnicity and gender, language and educational attainment, as well as social and economic status. The relationship of these socio-cultural differences with the digital divide in terms of ownership and use is investigated. The data show a persistent ownership divide between socially weaker versus stronger groups accompanied by an emerging socially compensatory function of instrumentally oriented user profiles among the socially weaker groups.

Published Online: 2010-06-15
Published in Print: 2010-June

© 2010 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/New York

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