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Ronald E. Rice

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 7: Primary Issues in Internet use: Access, Civic and Community Involvement, and Social Interaction and Expression

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Primary Issues in Internet use: Access, Civic and Community Involvement, and Social Interaction and Expression
Primary issues in internet use: Access, civic and community involvement, and social interaction and expression
Ronald E. Rice

The Internet is being used by large numbers of the US population, and that usage is growing quickly. The Internet took seven years to achieve the same level of diffusion into US households – 30 per cent – that it took the telephone 38 years and the television 17 years to accomplish. The mid 2000 AOL national survey (based on a representative national telephone survey of those 18 or older who have online access in their homes) found that 76 million people (39 per cent of the US population) used the Internet, up ...

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