Using the Internet: Skill related problems in users’ online behavior

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Deursen, Alexander J.A.M. van and Dijk, Jan A.G.M. van (2009) Using the Internet: Skill related problems in users’ online behavior. Interacting with Computers, 21 (5-6). pp. 393-402. ISSN 0953-5438

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Abstract:This study extends the conventional and superficial notion of measuring digital skills by proposing definitions for operational, formal, information and strategic skills. The main purpose was to identify individual skill related problems that users experience when navigating the Internet. In particular, lower levels of education and aging seem to contribute to the amount of experienced operational and formal skill related problems. With respect to information skills, higher levels of education seem to perform best. Age did not seem to contribute to information skill related problems. Results did reveal that age had a negative effect on selecting irrelevant search results. Individual strategic Internet skill related problems occurred often, with the exception of subjects with higher levels of education. Younger subjects experienced far less operational and formal skill related problems, but there was no difference regarding information and strategic skill related problems.
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Copyright:© 2009 Elsevier
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/80076
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2009.06.005
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