Understanding, Measuring, and Alleviating Inequalities in Digital Technology Use

Research question/goal: 

Digital technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, are increasingly integrated into people's everyday lives. Social scientists have also started to use these technologies for data collection, such as through apps and sensors embedded in smartphones and wearable devices. Despite the increasing device penetration in the general population, inequalities in the access to and use of digital technologies persist, reflecting existing social inequalities. Digital exclusion additionally becomes a methodological issue if the digitally disadvantaged population subgroups are not well represented in social studies.

The proposed project investigates digital inequalities in Europe and the United States by focusing on three aims: 1) studying the correlates and mechanisms of digital technology acceptance, 2) improving the measurement of digital skills and technology use, and 3) identifying effective interventions to reduce inequalities in digital technology use.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
University of Mannheim
Duration: 
2021 to 2025
Status: 
in preparation
Data Sources: 
Survey data, digital behavioral data
Geographic Space: 
Europe, United States

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