On the Periphery? Understanding Low and Discontinued Internet Use Amongst Young People in Britain

Report for the Nominet Trust, August 2012

46 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2013

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Rebecca Eynon

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Anne Geniets

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: August 16, 2012

Abstract

In the UK, the Internet has become an important feature of the lives of the majority of young people for all aspects of their lives. However, there is a significant minority of young people who are not able to navigate or connect properly with the online world. They are, in other words, outside the digital mainstream.

Evidence for this group has been found in nationally representative surveys, where around 10% of young people (aged 17-23) define themselves as lapsed Internet users. That is, they used to use the Internet but no longer do so (OxIS, 2011).

This study aims to find out more about this group. Specifically we aim to: Examine why young people are outside the digital mainstream, and determine the extent to which this is due to reasons of exclusion or choice.

Explore the implications this has in their daily lives. Consider how the experiences of these young people can inform the digital inclusion strategy in the UK.

This nine month qualitative study investigated these objectives in four overlapping steps: a literature review of academic research and policy documents; analysis of the Oxford Internet Survey (2011) and the Learner and their Context Survey (2009), which contain valuable information on lapsed Internet users; 36 in-depth interviews with young people who consider themselves to be infrequent or lapsed Internet users; and a workshop with key experts in the field.

Keywords: Internet use, digital exclusion, young people

Suggested Citation

Eynon, Rebecca and Geniets, Anne, On the Periphery? Understanding Low and Discontinued Internet Use Amongst Young People in Britain (August 16, 2012). Report for the Nominet Trust, August 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206911

Rebecca Eynon (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St Giles
Oxford, OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk

Anne Geniets

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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