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Title: The Role of Social Culture in Internet Adoption in Greece: Unpacking "I Don't Want to Use the Internet" and Frequency of Use
Authors: Tsatsou, Panayiota
First Published: 11-May-2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Information Society, 2012, 28 (3), pp. 174-188
Abstract: This article examines the role of social culture in Internet adoption in Greece. It employs Hofstede's five-dimensional framework of national culture and analyzes the European Social Survey 2008 data. It finds that social culture in general and particularly people's past or future orientation in life, and to a lesser extent their degree of openness to difference and novelty in life, are significant drivers of Internet adoption in Greece. It argues that the persistently low level of Internet adoption in Greece can be explained by pointing to a traditional, uncertainty-avoidant, and novelty-resistant culture that discourages technological development and innovation. It concludes that to explain that the statement "I don't want to use the Internet" and frequency of use and other such behavioral patterns, one should look beyond demographics, practical, and real-life factors and examine broader and socioculturally embedded drivers of Internet adoption.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01972243.2012.670190
ISSN: 0197-2243
eISSN: 1087-6537
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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