A Study of Cross-Country Comparison of ICT Usage in Family Context

가족적 맥락에서의 ICT 이용에 관한 국가 간 비교 연구

  • Brady, John T. (Dept. of Consumer Science, Seoul National University) ;
  • Lee, Bohan (Dept. of Consumer Science, Seoul National University) ;
  • Rha, Jong-Youn (Dept. of Consumer Science, Seoul National University)
  • ;
  • 이보한 (서울대학교 소비자학과) ;
  • 나종연 (서울대학교 소비자학과)
  • Received : 2016.07.02
  • Accepted : 2016.08.20
  • Published : 2016.08.28


This study examined the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) on the sociocultural dimensions of the family by comparing ICT use in Korean, Chinese, and American families. This study investigated attitudes to ICT usage in the family context by country and explored how various consumers use ICT in the family context. The study explored how families can be clustered based on usage. ICT device ownership had differences in the use of ICT services including blogs and video chatting accounts. ICT usage in the family was also similar in all three countries in the study, but the depth of use differed. The cluster analysis indicated that users could be classified into four groups, however the proportion in each group differed by country. This study has implications for understanding ICT ownership and use by families in various countries and indicates that sociocultural elements are important in ICT use.


Supported by : Seoul National University


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