Digital Divide in Internet Access and Internet Usage in Korea

인터넷 접근과 활용에서의 디지털 격차

  • 주용완 (한국인터넷진흥원 인터넷산업진흥단) ;
  • 김유정 (호서대학교 디지털비즈니스학부) ;
  • 조찬형 (한국인터넷진흥원 인터넷융합정책단)
  • Received : 2011.10.18
  • Accepted : 2011.12.13
  • Published : 2011.12.31


The purpose of this paper is to better understand the socio-economic differentials of Internet access and use. Data from '2008 Korean Internet usage behavior' were used to conduct logistic regression analysis. The findings show that there are significant socio-economic(age, gender, educational attainment, employment situation, and Internet access type) disparity in Internet access(Internet access at home, broadband Internet access). Also socio-economic variables enter in as statistically significant in most specifications for Internet use intensity (Intensive internet use, frequent internet use, less frequent internet use). The gender, household income and education attainment explanations for large differential in Internet use intensity are generally very similar. It is shown that age, education attainment and household income level cause a large digital divide on Internet service use(information use, communication and community use, e-commerce use, Internet banking use).


Socio-economic variables;Internet access;Internet service use;Digital divide


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